Covid fatality rate rises in Kerala, centre expresses concern over 4 districts

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Thiruvananthapuram: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sent a letter to Kerala health department voicing concern over the increase in the covid deaths in the state in recent weeks. According to the letter, a total of 2118 deaths were registered in the state during last week which ended on Dec 3. This is more than the death recorded in the previous week.

The increase in fatalities was recorded in Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kollam and Malappuram districts.Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has mentioned this in a letter sent to the state health department.

In the last month, 1,71,521 new covid cases were reported in Kerala. This is 55.8 per cent of the total number of cases recorded in the country. Further, there has been an increase in the number of new cases reported last week in all the 13 districts of the state.

The secretary further said Kerala has reported 1,71,521 new cases in the month ending December 3, with a contribution of 55.8 per cent to the country's new cases from over the past month.

“Also, 13 out of 14 districts are reporting a high quantum of weekly new cases in the state. Districts of concern in the week ending December 2 are Thiruvananthapuram (5,541), Ernakulam, (4,976), Kozhikode (3,676), Thrissur (2,903) and Kottayam (2,478)," Bhushan noted.

Four districts --Thiruvananthapuram (11.61 per cent), Wayanad (11.25 per cent), Kozhikode (11 per cent) and Kottayam (10.81 per cent) -- are showing high weekly positivity of more than 10 per cent, while nine districts are reporting weekly positivity between 5-10 per cent.

"Kerala has reported a slight increase in weekly new deaths to 2,118 deaths (week ending December 3) from 1,890 deaths (week ending November 26). Four districts -- Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kollam -- are reporting high quantum of weekly new deaths in the state," he highlighted.

In the wake of the Omicron variant reported in the country, the centre proposed that states should properly monitor the situation and testing be adequately done. The centre has also directed the state to ensure that COVID positive patients are observing quarantine for 14 days.

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