Kerala Covid-19 cases reach unprecedented levels, state announces 8-day lockdown

Started by devikad, May 06, 2021, 09:51 PM

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Kerala Covid-19 cases reach unprecedented levels, state announces 8-day lockdown

The Kerala government on Thursday decided to enforce eight- day lockdown in the state beginning Saturday, May 8 with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan blaming the "worsening" Covid-19 situation for the move. Yesterday Kerala recorded 41,953 new infections-- the highest since the outbreak last year. The test positivity rate has reached 25.69% -- an all time high, while the active caseload reached 375,658.

Though its fatality rate is the lowest in the country (below 0.4%), statistics show it is also climbing steadily in the last one week with 58 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. In terms of total cases of the viral infection, Kerala is at the third spot after Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Hospitals and ICUs are overflowing and long queues are visible outside crematoriums in worst- affected districts. A worried CM wrote to Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday seeking more liquid medical oxygen and vaccines.

Besides shortage of essential medical equipment and oxygen, many hospitals have shortage of human resources, a problem compounded by rising infections among the staff. The government opened oxygen war rooms in every district with senior officials co-ordinating with medical officers and collectors to ensure hassle-free supply


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