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Spike in Covid -19 in Kerala matter of concern for officials

- June 3, 2022

Thiruvananthapuram, June 3 (BPNS)

A rising trend in COVID 19 cases in the state has stirred concern among health workers. State in the past three days (from May 31st) had recorded 3,845 fresh infections. At the same time, the state health department said that the rising trend might be a result of people lowering their guard against the virus as they hesitate to follow COVID appropriate behaviors.

“Though there is not an alarming situation the rising trend warrants caution. Because in between three days more than 3000 fresh infections have been reported and that means more than 1000 new cases each day. This highlights the need for restarting the awareness programme among the public, especially adherence to hand hygiene and facemask usage,” said a health department official.

From May 31st the state’s daily Covid case tally has shown signs of spiking. On that day, 1197 cases were reported. The last time more than 1000 cases were reported in the state was on March 15. On June 1st and 2nd, 1370 and 1278 cases were reported respectively.

As of June 2nd, the state is dealing with 6,642 active cases. Ernakulam tops the list with 2419 cases and capital district Thiruvananthapuram is in the second slot with 1205 cases. The least active cases are in Kasargod, 18.

Earlier, on April 7 the state government had decided to rescind all restrictions it had implemented to contain COVID-19 due to its assessment that the pandemic is now under control. But within a gap of 20 days, it had to modify the said order by making facemask wearing compulsory in all public places, gatherings, work places and during transport.