COVID-19 transmission in TVM severe; 1 out of 18 tests positive: Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed concern over the rapid spread of coronavirus in the state capital.
He stated that one COVID-19 positive case is reported for every 18 tests in Thiruvananthapuram. “According to the COVID statistics, One among 12 people who underwent COVID test turns positive in India. But in Kerala, one positive case is reported for every 36 tests,” said the Chief Minister.
He also informed that 88 out of the 300 KINFRA employees who underwent antigen tests turned COVID positive on Tuesday.
“ We have undertaken a surveillance mechanism to identify all the infected people. COVID cluster development was first identified at Poonthura on July 5. Later, clusters formed at Beemapally and Pulluvila regions by July 15. The government is carrying out the disease prevention activities as per the guidelines of WHO,” informed the CM.
“ Later, COVID clusters developed at Valiyathura, Anchuthengu, Chirayinkeezhu, Kolathur, Neyyattinkara, Panavoor, Kadakkavoor, Kunnathukal, Perumathura and Puthukurichy. Preventive measures suited to the areas are being carried out in each region. The virus spread has increased at Parassala, Pattom, Kunnathukal, Perunkadavila, Balaramapuram and Kattakada. COVID preventive measures and awareness programmes are being carried out in each of these areas,” added Pinarayi Vijayan.
Till date, 39,809 routine RT-PCR tests were conducted in Thiruvananthapuram. Apart from this, 6,983 polled samples were collected to confirm community transmission. On Monday, 709 routine samples and over 100 pooled samples were tested. WHO recommended rapid antigen tests are also being conducted in the district.