Kerala imposes a weekend restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases

New Delhi: A day after Kerala recorded more than 22,000 COVID-19 infections, indicating an alarming increase in daily COVID-19 cases, the state government imposed a weekend lockdown on July 31 and August 1, 2021. In response to the unprecedented increase in cases, the federal government has dispatched a six-member team from the National Center for Disease Control to the state.

“The government is sending a six-person team to Kerala, led by the Director of the National Center for Disease Control. As a large number of COVID cases continue to be reported in Kerala, the team will support the state’s ongoing COVID management efforts,” said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

Some of the worst affected districts in Kerala are Malappuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam .

Furthermore, according to the findings of an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) serosurvey, at least two-thirds of the population surveyed in 11 states had developed coronavirus antibodies. Between June 14 and July 6, this serosurvey was carried out. According to the findings, Madhya Pradesh leads the way with 79 percent seroprevalence, while Kerala ranks last with 44.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Kerala recorded 22,056 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the infection caseload to 33,27,301, while over 131 more people died from the virus, bringing the total to 16,457. According to a state government release, 17,761 people have been cured of the infection, bringing the total number of recoveries to 31,60,804 and the number of active cases to 1,49,534.

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