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CM Pinarayi Vijayan says Kerala on ‘brink of community spread’ as COVID-19 cases spike

The state of Kerala had seen a considerable decrease in the total number of coronavirus cases in the second and third part of the lockdown commenced by the Indian government while the whole country is suffering odds over the virus outbreak. India is one of the most affected countries in the world with the total number of cases rising to 1,66,000 and the death toll climbing to 4706. The state of Kerala is now seeing a steady rise in the total number of coronavirus cases after the fourth part of the lockdown was commenced.

Kerala, which had flattened the Covid-19 curve in the previous two bouts, is on the brink of community spread with a steady spike in cases in the last 20 days, mainly due to the return of people from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state is on the brink of community outbreak of infection after the state reported over 84 fresh cases of coronavirus all across the state, taking the state’s total to above 1,088. He stated that the total number of coronavirus cases has gone up and most of the cases reported are from the people who are from outside and mainly due to the return of people from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu

The number of positive cases has more than doubled over the last 20 days in the state.

The data on daily cases over the last one week shows more people coming from other states are testing positive in Kerala than those coming from abroad.

Health department officials said there was hope because positivity rate is low. What worries officials is the steady rise in cases of patients who got infected as primary or secondary contacts of persons with travel history.

– Christo Freddy, NMTV News


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