According to statistics released by the Central government today, Kerala has become the state with the largest number of Covid-19 cases spread in the country. The number of Covid-19 cases in eight districts of the state including Kannur, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram, is increasing alarmingly. And while the State has the highest number of Covid-19 cases being reported daily and the highest number of patients being treated, the state, however, lags behind the rest when it comes to the testing of samples.
In seven days, the number of patients have increased by 15 per cent. In a week, Kannur district recorded an increase of 40 per cent, while Wayanad district, which had the lowest number of patients, marked an increase of 34 per cent. In Thiruvananthapuram, it is 33 per cent followed by Kollam district with 31 per cent and Kottayam district with 25 per cent.
Also, the test positivity rate rose sharply in districts like Kannur, Kollam, Ernakulam, Kasargod, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanmthitta and Thrissur. While the national average is below 2 per cent, the state has its above 10 per cent for more than a month and a half. There has also been an increase in the number of people being admitted to hospitals and Covid treatment centres.
If the spike continues at the same rate, there will be a crisis. The only relief is that the State was able to control the death rate of Covid-19 patients.