The Centre on Thursday has decided to send a six-member team from the National Centre for Disease Control to Kerala to assess the COVID-19 situation. The state has registered over 22,000 infections for the last three days, which counts for about 50 per cent of the national daily case count.
“Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to depute a high-level multi-disciplinary team to Kerala to collaborate with the State Health Authorities in instituting effective public health measures for Covid-19 management in view of the significantly enhanced number of daily Covid cases being reported by Kerala. The 6-member central team to Kerala is headed by Dr S K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control. The team shall reach Kerala on 30th July, 2021 and visit a few districts,” a statement released by the Centre read.
The development comes a day after state-level serosurvey data made public by the central government reported that only 44 per cent of Kerala’s population above the age of six years had so far been infected with the coronavirus, against the national average of over 67 per cent. This, in effect, meant that a much larger proportion of the population in the state is still susceptible to the disease compared to many other states. Also, the number could, at least partially, explain why Kerala is continuing to report a high number of cases.
Kerala, with an active case load of 1.54 lakh, is contributing 37.1 per cent of the total active cases in the country, with a growth rate of 1.41 in the last 7 days. The state has also reported a high case positivity of 12.93 per cent cumulatively and 11.97 per cent weekly.