COVID test positivity rate rises in Kerala, health experts caution on second wave
Kochi: The health experts have expressed concern over the rise in test positivity rate of COVID-19 in the state. They have also alerted the public on the second wave of the virus outbreak at any time.
The second wave of the disease is confirmed after examining rise in the number of COVID patients and rapid transmission of the disease.
At present, 2000 to 2800 people test positive for COVID-19 per day. In the last week, COVID positive cases were reported between 1500 to 2000.
Health department officials reported that the violation of COVID protocol for the election campaign and other matters resulted in the spike in COVID cases.
Earlier in March, the state recorded test positivity rate at 4.5 percent. But the test positivity rate has dropped to 3.6 percent by mid-March and later to 2.74 percent.
With the first week of April, the test positivity rate has started to rise again and was recorded at 5.15 percent.
Hence, it is examined that the number of COVID patients will increase in the coming days. Only 10-15 percent of the total population received the vaccine so far.
In the present circumstances, even a single dose will benefit the people. The health department officials claimed that a single dose of the vaccine will counter the complications of the disease.
We can assume the second wave of the virus in the state, once the daily COVID cases cross 4000. In this situation, we should take strict action to restrict crowding, said Dr SS Santhosh Kumar, deputy superintendent at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.