From being the original epicentre of the outbreak in India, Kerala went to the verge of arresting its growth almost entirely. From the middle of April to the middle of May, the state reported fewer than seven new cases every day on average; on many days, not a single case was reported. Just three coronavirus-related deaths had happened in the state until then, giving Kerala the most impressive case fatality ratio in the country among states with a significant case load.
Behind this spectacular success story has been K K Shailaja, Health Minister of Kerala, affectionately called 'Shailaja Teacher' in the state.
Shailaja Teacher will be the expert guest on E-xplained, the unique explanatory conversation hosted by The Indian Express, on June 3. She will talk about how Kerala achieved its spectacular success first against Nipah and then against Covid, the lessons it has learnt in the process, and what the rest of India can learn from the state in the field of public health.