COVID-19: Kerala now growing faster than national average

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The state records its highest single-day spike in the cases since its outbreak in January this year. The state also saw the death of Telangana native due to Covid-19 on Thursday.  

Kerala reported 84 new coronavirus cases on Thursday (May 28), its highest single-day spike in the cases since its outbreak in January this year. The state also saw the death of Telangana native due to Covid-19 on Thursday.  

The Telangana native who succumbed to the disease has been identified as Anjay. He had come to the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram along with his family from Mumbai. Anjay, who was to travel to Telangana, had arrived in the state by boarding a wrong train, said state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. 

Of the 84 new cases, except five all others have come from outside the state. While 31 people who tested positive came from abroad, 48 from other states. Maximum of 18 cases have been reported in the northern district of Kasargod.

Kasargod is followed by Palakkad with 16 cases, Kannur 10, Malappuram 8, Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur seven each, Pathanamthitta 6, Kottayam 3 and Kollam, Idukki and Alappuzha one each. With the addition of 84 new cases on Thursday, the total number of confirmed cases in Kerala has risen to 1088.

The chief minister said that 526 people are under treatment in various hospital across the state at present while about 1.15 lakh people are under observation either at home or in hospitals.

With the steady rise of confirmed cases in the last one week, the cases in Kerala is now growing at a rate faster than the national average. Kerala had been extremely successful in containing the spread of the disease till about the middle of this month, but a fresh wave of infections triggered by incoming travellers from within the country, and abroad, has seen the numbers go up rapidly.

The current doubling time for the state (calculated on seven day compounded growth rate) is just below 12 days. The national doubling time of total infections right now is 14 days.

Around mid-May, Kerala’s doubling time was well over 100 days, according to a new Indian Express report. On several days during this period, the state did not report even a single new infection. More than 90 per cent of the infected people had already recovered from the disease. And the state had seen just three deaths, the lowest case-fatality ratio among states with significant caseloads.

However, starting from the arrival of those stranded in foreign countries and in various states across the country, there has been a steady rise in the number of new infections in the state.

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