India added 13,203 coronavirus infections in 24 hours, taking its tally to 1.84 crore, the Health Ministry knowledge this morning confirmed. Of these 6,036 instances or 45 per cent of the brand new infections had been reported from one state – Kerala.
While each day instances within the nation – together with in Maharashtra, one of many worst hit states – have sharply lowered since hitting peak final yr, Kerala has been reporting highest each day COVID-19 instances within the nation for days.
At least 11 districts within the southern state, together with state capital Thiruvananthapuram, are among the many high 20 district that proceed to report excessive variety of each day infections within the nation, sources within the Health Ministry advised NDTV.
“Apart from Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Alleppey, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta have been reporting excessive variety of infections,” they mentioned, citing lack of contact tracing and low variety of testing as the principle motive for the rise in Covid instances within the state.
The state authorities, sources mentioned, has not elevated testing regardless of suggestions from the Central group which was fashioned by the centre to help states worst affected by the pandemic.
“Kerala has not been following contact tracing successfully. At least 4-5 contact tracing is critical per case. Clinical administration additionally must be strengthened within the state,” mentioned the supply.
The positivity price or the proportion of how briskly an an infection spreads is 12.48 per cent in Kerala, whereas the nationwide common is 1.9 per cent, in keeping with authorities knowledge.
“The testing in Kerala is a priority and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had earlier really helpful that each day testing must be elevated to round 1 lakh. But the per day testing nonetheless continues to be between 40,000 to 60,000,” Dr Sulphi Noohu, member of IMA’s central committee, mentioned.
The state authorities, nonetheless, says COVID-19 instances in Kerala are at a plateau and the present numbers should not sudden.
The state authorities admits that positivity price is excessive however vital care companies within the hospitals should not underneath any strain as solely 15 per cent ventilators and 49 per cent intensive care models are occupied, in keeping with state authorities statistics.
“We do not have a look at solely the take a look at positivity price. We have a look at the hospital admission price, ICU admission and ventilator occupancy. If all this appears to extend, then it’s a reason behind nice concern. But that is not the case,” Dr Mohammed Asheel, core committee member on Covid, advised NDTV.
“If instances weren’t rising, it might have proven that our ‘break the chain’ marketing campaign had failed. Our success is that our case fatality price remains to be among the many lowest in india at 0.4%”, he added.
Kerala reported 6,036 instances and 5,173 recoveries, in keeping with the information launched by the Health Ministry. While the overall caseload soared to eight,90,278, the recoveries have touched 8,13,550, it mentioned.