Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is currently the only state in the country reporting more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases per day. Despite the fact that the pandemic’s second wave has passed, over 5 lakh people in India tested positive for the disease-causing coronavirus in June alone.
On Wednesday, Kerala reported 15,600 new COVID-19 cases and 11,629 recoveries. The state’s Test Positivity Rate (TPR) is 10.36 percent. With 148 COVID-19 deaths confirmed on Wednesday, the state’s death toll now stands at 14,108.
According to the most recent national data, only 45,892 new COVID-19 cases and 817 deaths were reported in the previous 24 hours. Kerala accounts for nearly one-third of all new cases. Significantly, India recorded 553 deaths on July 6 – the lowest number since April 6. At the peak of the second wave on May 23, India saw a record number of fatalities, with 4,454 deaths in 24 hours.
A comparison of daily fatality counts shows that Kerala is now responsible for more than 18% of the national toll – 148 of the 817 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Currently, the rate of disease transmission in Kerala is also increasing slightly. If the current trend continues, the total number of infections in Kerala could reach 50 lakh by October. According to the sero survey results, the actual number of infections could reach 1.75 crore by then. This means that nearly half of Kerala’s 3.58 million people would have been infected by then.
Currently, 33% of the population in Kerala has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to healthcare experts, an average of 70% should be vaccinated to combat the pandemic’s likely third wave. As a result, approximately 2.1 crore people should receive one dose of vaccine. One crore more people must be immunised.
Currently, 1.5 lakh doses of vaccine are administered daily on average. Even if the first dose is given to 75,000 people, it will take more than four months to reach the target.
The third wave is expected to begin in September, according to the disaster management authority’s projection report. According to the report, the impact of the third wave would be reduced if 40% of people gained immunity through vaccination or infection.