Kerala Coronavirus ‘Out of Control’; highest positivity rate in the country | India News
The test positivity rate in Kerala is the highest in the country and ICU beds in the state are filling up. The state is also relatively slow to implement the Covid-19 immunization program that began across the country on January 16.
The five-day average trend line indicates that cases are increasing once again in Kerala since the beginning of January. On Sunday, more than 6,000 new cases were registered. The state has been reporting more than 5,000 cases since January 16.
The state alone added more than 70,000 cases in the last 14 days, up from 38,000 in Maharashtra.
On Sunday, the state reported the highest number of recoveries in a single day at 5,173, but it has the highest number of active cases among all states.
Kerala accounts for 39.7% (73,121) of active cases. Maharashtra, with 25% (46,057) of the total active coronavirus cases was in second place.
The total number of active cases in the state is greater than the combined total of the other five most affected states.
More than 1,000 cases are reported each day in Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts, leading to a severe shortage of Intensive Care Unit facilities.
Up to 2,14,211 people are under observation in various districts, including 12,116 in hospitals, according to the state health minister.
In the 24 hours ending at 2 p.m. Monday, 30,903 samples were tested and the test’s positivity rate was 12.5%. So far, 92,89,304 samples have been submitted for analysis.
Since November, Kerala’s positivity rate has been above 9%, which is cause for concern.
There are only four states with a positivity rate greater than 3%. Another four states / UT have it between 2% and 3%, while another 22 have between 0.2% and 1.6%, an indication that herd immunity may have established in these areas.
If the positivity rate, the number of confirmed Covid cases per 100 tests, is greater than 5% measured over a 14-day period, the state is considered to be in the red zone and should impose a lockdown on its zones of containment. In Kerala, the positivity rate continues to rise in contrast to the national trend.
The state has been comparatively slow in implementing the immunization program. The state is ranked 13th on the list of states with the highest number of doses administered as of January 25. As of Monday, Kerala had administered almost 72,0000 doses.
“The vaccination was carried out today in 227 centers. On Saturday 6,236 health workers were vaccinated in 80 centers. With this, a total of 72,530 health workers were vaccinated. There are 4,97,441 people registered throughout the state, including health workers and Covid Fighters head on, “Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said.
“In Kerala, many people are tested on a daily basis and our ICUs are a reliable indicator of how many cases there are in the community. Slowly, ICUs are filling up. Ten days ago, about 70% of ICUs in Ernakulam district they were full, “said Dr. Rajeev Jayadevan, Scientific Advisor, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Kerala.
The IMA official highlighted that social distancing guidelines have been relaxed in recent months.
“Elections took place in December which meant there was a lot of social activity. Many meetings are taking place. Movie theaters have opened. What we are saying now is just an expected result of what was happening in November and December.” Jayadevan said. .
“When elections are held, it was impossible to control the crowd. No matter how hard we tried. It is impossible to impose social distancing in an election,” he added.
(With inputs from agencies)