Kerala becomes first state to confirm Covid community spread in India
Thiruvananthapuram: For the first time in India, a government-level confirmation was given on the community spread of Covid-19. Kerala confirmed Covid local spread in Thiruvananthapuram district.
The increased number of unknown infection sources and the formation of new cluster in any area with increased number of positive cases indicates community spread of a pandemic. Also, when new clusters are formed in different areas with no connection to one another can also be considered as local spread. All these were found in the state capital.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday had said that Pulluvila, Poonthura, Anchuthengu and Puthukkurishi areas in the district have reached the phase of community transmission.
The only option with the government is to bring in strict restrictions in the clusters to avoid interaction between people to check further spread of Covid-19.
CM said that the situation is critical in the coastal area of Thiruvananthapuram district. The rate of disease transmission is rapidly increasing in the coastal areas.
Out of the 97 samples tested in Pulluvila region, 51 tested positive. 26 out of 50 people tested positive at Poonthura Ayush centre. Among the 75 sample tested in Puthukkurishi region, 20 people tested positive. 15 out of 83 people tested positive in Anchuthengu region. These are signs of high rate of disease transmission, he said.
On Friday, 15 health workers - Thiruvananthapuram (4), Kottayam (3), Ernakulam (3), Malappuram (3), Pathanamthitta (1) and Kasaragod (1), 1 ITBP soldier in Alappuzha, 1 BSF and 7 KSC personnel in Thrissur and 1 BSF soldier and a fire force official in Kannur also tested positive in the state.
20 regions were added to the list of hotspots in the state on Friday. With this, the total number of hotspots in the state has increased to 285.
Kalanjoor (Containment zone: ward 5,6), Pramadam (10), Adoor Municipality (24,26), Ayiroor (15), Thannithodu (3,4,5,6,7,8) in Pathanamthitta district, Guruvayur Municipality (35), Velookkara (5,7), Chovvannur (1) in Thrissur district, Peruvemba (1), Thenkara (5), Sreekrishnapuram (2) in Palakkad district, TV Puram, (10), Kumarakam (4), Pallikkathod (7) in Kottayam district, Melila (2,15), Vettikkavala (all wards) in Kollam district, Vazhathoppu (4), Mariyapuram (5,10,11) in Idukki district and Kalpetta (18), Edavaka (2) in Wayanad were declared the new hotspots
Meanwhile, 6 areas have been removed from the hotspot list. Chirakkadavu (4, 5), Erumeli (12), Thrikkodithanam (12) in Kottayam and Kuzhalmandam (5), Anakkara (3), Parali (11) in Palakkad district have been removed from the hotspot list.