Kerala started very well with virus control, but now leads the country in number of infections per thousand or million.
Indian Government has lifted controls on interstate movements of people and goods so that the virus pandemic will not create an economic pandemic simultaneously. It’s also a recognition of the right of citizens.
Perhaps, there’s also a recognition of the advantage of herd immunity.
We can understand that ‘herd immunity’ is not something that can be advertised as people may tend to relax precautions to acquire it. But it looks like a fact.
Keralites, with known enthusiasm on hygiene, self preservation (if not selfishness) are less likely to be willingly relaxing any virus precautions.
An educated guess could be that the infection chances are more in places like Covid testing centres.
Then if the health minister insists on pre tests for the virus before travelling to the state and then test again after a week’s quarantine, then the visitors are exposed to the risks of Covid testing centres twice.
This is in addition to the damage it can cause further to the state’s tourism industry. Remember tourism along with non resident remittances are (were) the silver linings in the state’s economy.
Panic warrants sensible actions.