Kerala is currently the most devastated in India due to the increasing outbreak of Corona. With the speed with which the cases of corona are increasing in Kerala, it is feared that the formidable form of corona is yet to come in the state. A six-member central team, which has visited eight districts of Kerala, has said that from August 1 to August 20, around 4.6 lakh cases of Kovid-19 can be reported in the state. Let us inform that to take stock of the situation of Corona in Kerala, the Central Government had sent its team in the past.
Dr. Sujit Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), who led the central team, said in a press conference here on Tuesday that with the Onam festival (August 20) approaching, activities and tourist places will be unlocked. The opening has created a challenging scenario and is a matter of concern. The Center on Tuesday said that more than half of the COVID-19 cases reported in the country in the last seven days are from Kerala.
Sujit Singh said that this southern state has a high number of reinfection cases even after both doses of the vaccine and the matter is under investigation. He said that for example, in Pathanamthitta district, 14,974 people were infected with the virus after taking the first dose while 5,042 people got infected after taking both the doses (as per information shared by the district).
According to the report submitted by the team, the COVID-19 positivity rate was found to be more than 10 per cent in all the eight districts and it was found to be increasing in some places. More than 80 percent of the cases are of delta nature. Singh said, “The current RT value in Kerala is 1.12. If the current trend continues, around 4.62 lakh cases are expected to be reported in the period from August 1 to August 20. It is noteworthy that the rate of spread of any disease is called ‘reproduction number’ or ‘RT value’.
The team recently visited Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Alappuzha, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Thiruvananthapuram districts. Sujit Singh said that during the visit he found that the containment zones were not made as per the guidelines of the Centre. The confirmation rate of infection was found to be 10 to 14 percent in the examination of samples and in some areas it was found to be 15 to 20 percent. An increasing trend was observed in Malappuram and Pathanamthitta. Singh said that 55 percent of the state’s population is still at risk of infection.