Thiruvananthapuram: In Kerala, 210 people died due to coronavirus infection, after which the death toll has increased to 36,087. This information has been given in a government statement. The statement said that 5516 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported in the state on Tuesday, after which the number of infected in the state has reached 50,71,135. It has been said that 6,705 people have been cured in the state since Monday, after which the number of people who have become infection free in the state has gone up to 49,71,080. The number of cases under treatment in the state has come down to 63,338.
Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court asked the central government that if someone’s livelihood is lost due to the vaccine being implemented by the government, then is it not the responsibility of the government to listen to his complaint? The court, while hearing a petition filed regarding this matter, sought information from the government in this regard. The petition has requested that the man be allowed to take the third dose of an internationally recognized vaccine so that he can go back to Saudi Arabia where he worked as a welder before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two doses of the Covaxin vaccine are not approved or recognized in Saudi Arabia, so the petitioner cannot be allowed to go there, so the petitioner has moved the court for the third dose of the vaccine. Justice PV Kunhikrishnan on Tuesday said that the court was not blaming the central government but when a citizen’s movement is restricted or his employment is lost due to the vaccine given, is it not the duty of the government to listen to his complaint.
The court directed Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) Manu S. To get information about why Covaxin has not been approved in Saudi Arabia, while this vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use. The ASG said that saving lives was a priority during the pandemic, so the central government could not wait for the international acceptance of the vaccine at that time.
He also said that the government has its limits when it comes to pressurizing any other country for something. However, the court said that due to vaccination by the government, loss of employment or restriction on travel of a citizen is a violation of his fundamental rights. The High Court directed the ASG to obtain information about Saudi Arabia and inform it. Along with this, the court listed the matter for hearing on November 29.