Only 1 in 10 Keralites exposed to Covid-19; high risk of virus spread continues: CM
Thiruvananthapuram: The survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in December 2020 noted that 1 out of ten people in Kerala showed exposure to the coronavirus, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. This is 1 in 4 at the national level. The ICMR sero-survey hints that the resistance activities undertaken by the state is in the right direction.
The survey report shows that when compared to other states, the spread of the Covid is low in Kerala. But it also indicates that we are at a higher risk of spread even now. Hence people should exercise caution at least until everyone in the society is vaccinated, he added.
"We have always tried to lower the spread of the infection. Rumours are doing rounds that even other states have lower cases, Kerala reports around 5,000 cases daily. Such rumours are intended to sabotage the resistance activities of the state government," he said.
CM also said that when the virus is mutated it may again affect those areas already exposed to Covid-19. This might turn severe. Hence we should take measures to contain the spread. This was the approach Kerala adopted since day 1, the CM added.
“The daily testing has increased in the state. RT-PCR tests have been increased to 45 percent from 25 percent. This is aimed to be increased to 75 percent with 1 lakh tests per day. But even when the number of tests increase, there is no proportional increase in positive cases,” he further stated.