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New Delhi: The number of Covid-19 cases is increasing in Kerala. For the last one week, the total cases reported in the state constitute half of the national figure, said the officials of the central health ministry. By taking this into account, the central government has directed the state to beef up Covid-19 restrictions and increase the number of RT-PCR tests.
The second wave of the pandemic is not yet over in the country with over 30,000 cases reported every day. In 44 districts the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) is above 10 percent. Out of the 18 districts in the country that are having a high number of COVID cases, 10 are in Kerala. Easing of measures at this juncture will lead to intense spread of the disease, the ministry officials said.
The COVID preventive measures in the state and the A,B,C,D categorisation of zones have not turned successful in controlling the outbreak. More tests should be conducted in clusters where disease is more prevalent rather than just testing only those who have symptoms. The lapses in monitoring those at home quarantine and finding the close contacts of people with the infection were termed the reason for the massive spread. The state should implement and monitor home isolation even more effectively.
In Malappuram district, TPR is above 17 percent. Here, 80 percent of the total tests done were antigen and only a 20 percent RT-PCR tests were conducted. The officials urged the state to conduct more RT-PCR tests. The directions came after a six-member team, who had visited the state to study the Covid-19 situation, submitted a report.