The Kerala government declared on Thursday (July 29, 2021) that it will impose a complete weekend lockdown on July 31, 2021 and August 1, 2021, in response to an alarming increase of daily COVID-19 cases. Malappuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kottayam are among the worst-affected districts in Kerala.
The state has been registering over 22,000 daily COVID-19 cases, prompting the decision to implement a comprehensive weekend curfew. In addition, the central government is sending a six-member team from the National Center for Disease Control to the state in response to the extraordinary increase in cases.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya made the announcement. “The government is sending a 6-member team to Kerala headed by Director, National Centre for Disease Control. As a large number of COVID cases are still being reported in Kerala, the team will aid the state’s ongoing efforts in COVID management,” Mandaviya expressed himself.
“As a large number of COVID cases are still being reported in Kerala, the team will aid state`s ongoing efforts in COVID-19 management,” he added.
Meanwhile, according to IANS, Kerala recorded more than 20,000 new cases on Friday, with the test positivity rate (TPR) jumping to 13.61 % and 116 more persons succumbing to COVID-19 for the fourth day in a row. According to a state government release, the infection caseload in the state reached 33, 70,137, with 116 deaths bringing the total casualties to 16,701.
The disease has been cured in 14,651 people, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 31, 92,104 and the number of active cases in the state to 1, 60,824. 1, 52,639 samples were analysed in the last 24 hours, yielding a TPR of 13.61 %. According to the report, 2, 70, 49,431 samples have been analysed thus far.
Furthermore, at least two-thirds of the people surveyed in 11 states developed coronavirus antibodies, according to the findings of a serosurvey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Between June 14 and July 6, a serosurvey was undertaken. According to the findings, Madhya Pradesh ranks first with 79 % seroprevalence, while Kerala ranks last with 44.4 %.