Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala state government on Thursday announced a complete lockdown from July 31 to August 01, amid the recent spike of COVID-19 cases.
Kerala, which is currently recording an active caseload of 1.54 lakh, is contributing 37.1 per cent of the total active cases in India. The state also witnessed a growth rate of 1.41 in the last 7 days.
Meanwhile, the average daily COVID-19 cases being reported in the state are above 17,443. Kerala has also reported a high case positivity of 12.93 per cent cumulatively and 11.97 per cent weekly.
Furthermore, six districts are reporting more than 10 per cent of weekly positivity as well.
Due to the increasing number of COVID cases in Kerala, the central government sent a team of six members headed by Dr S K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The Centre’s team is set to collaborate with the State Health Authorities in instituting effective public health measures for Coronavirus management.
India recorded more than 43,000 cases for two continuous days on Thursday, after reporting less than 30,000 daily cases after 132 days on Tuesday (July 27). As per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 43,509 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours.
As per the Ministry, the outpatient tally also dipped from 41,678 patients to 38,465 patients who recovered in the last 24 hours. The death toll remained above 600-mark with 640 deaths, up from the Tuesday’s tally of 415 mortalities.
The total death tally stood at 4,22,022 lives lost to date, while the total number of people who have recovered so far are 3,07,01,612 patients. The total Covid-19 infection tally stood at 3,14,84,605 cases on Thursday.