Covid cases soar in Kerala: Lockdown ordered, Central team rushes

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has been reporting over 22,000 new Covid infections for the last three days now. No other State in India is even close to the 10,000-mark.

Following this, Kerala has announced a two-day lockdown even as the Union government has sent experts to help the State government to fight the spread of infections.

Kerala, with an active caseload of about 154,000, accounts for 37.1 percent of India’s total active cases. Its case positivity rate, indicating the pace of spread in infections, is now the country’s highest.

The Covid conundrum in the southern state has led to several questions, with no certain answers.

Malappuram reported the highest number of cases with 3,679, followed by Thrissur (2,752), Kozhikode (2,619), Ernakulam (2,359), Palakkad (2,034), Kollam (1,517), Kannur (1,275), Thiruvananthapuram (1,222), Kottayam (1,000), Alappuzha (991), Kasaragod (929), Wayanad (693), Pathanamthitta (568) and Idukki (426).

Meanwhile, clling the ‘campaign against the State’ unfortunate, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that no one in the State had died without oxygen or without getting an ICU bed or hospital. She also hailed the ‘effective’ plan and system of Kerala government to combat Covid-19.


NT Bureau