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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 318-321

A study on COVID-19 management strategies of two Indian states

1 Department of Physics, TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, Kerala, India
2 Travancore Medical College, Kollam, Kerala, India
3 Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
4 Department of Environmental Science, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. S S Shemim
Department of Physics, TKM College of Engineering, Kollam - 691 005, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_229_20

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Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 disease in December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been keeping a constant vigil over its spread and progress. The WHO first declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern on January 30 and subsequently upgraded it as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The first objective of this study was to identify two states of India; one which has been successful to a large extent in combating COVID-19 spread and another state which has largely been unsuccessful so far in the similar effort. The other objective of the study was to identify the shortcomings of the existing system to deal with the current COVID-19 crisis. The most important statistic that has caught our attention is the death rate per million population. As of now, India's fatality rate stands at 19/million which is significantly below than that of the global average of 76/million. The fatality rate in Kerala is 1.15 per million which is lower than nearly 170 countries in the world. In sharp contrast to Kerala, Delhi's fatality rate is at an alarming 189.5 per million population. Kerala's approach to tackle COVID-19 could be implemented in any state for medical emergencies. Kerala model has highlighted the advantages of a strong and vibrant local self-government system, which is further strengthened in association with volunteer groups.

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