Choolayil, Anoop C., and Laxmi Putran. ‘Covid-19, The Local and the Global: Lessons from Kerala’. South Asia Research. Published ahead of print, 26 October 2020.
Abstract: This article offers a cross-sectional exploration of the COVID-19 containment strategy in Kerala and highlights its initial effectiveness in the Kasaragod district, the first to record a second stage transmission in the state with a cluster of cases from 23 March 2020 onwards.
Despite its underwhelming healthcare infrastructure, Kasaragod district managed to contain the transmission and record a 100 per cent recovery rate, indicating a promising model of infection control.
However, the district subsequently succumbed to community-level transmission when another wave of positive cases of COVID-19 was detected among repatriated overseas citizens on 7 May 2020.
The article explores the confluence of elements that allowed the initial successful recovery from a second stage transmission and then examines the factors that later led to community-level transmission.
Given the close connections of Kerala to other parts of the world through migration, the article illustrates how precariously the local is now part of the global.
More info: https://doi.org/10.1177/0262728020966102