COVID-19 curve flattening in Kerala

South India

Kerala’s coronavirus infection curve is getting flatter with fresh daily cases in Kerala dropping to the single-digit level, more people getting discharged from in hospitals and the number of people under observation coming down drastically in the past one week.

Kerala has reported just 32 new cases from April 11 to 17 while 129 patients have recovered from the infection during this period. State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac tweeted that the state would hopefully will have only handful of cases by the end of the current lockdown on May 3.

"Kerala Covid curve is getting flatter. Of the 395 cases, 255 have recovered. Only 2 deaths. The active cases have declined from 266 cases on April 6 to 138 as of today. Hopefully we shall be counting them on finger tips by May 3," Isaac said.

Times of India quoted Dr Amar Fettle, state nodal officer for infectious diseases, as saying that the state was now getting cases only from among those quarantined. “Among the 395 cases reported, as many as 277 are those who have returned from abroad. This shows that the timely quarantining of people had brought down the cases even among the primary contacts,” he said.

The state’s decision to enforce a 28-day quarantine for those who returned from high-risk countries over and above the 14-day WHO-mandated quarantine also paid dividends. However, Health Minister K K Shylaja has warned against lowering the vigil and say the state’s health machinery would have a daunting task if the state’s borders are thrown open after May 3.

A Livemint report said that Kerala, which reported the country's first COVID-19 case, was at number 10 in terms of number of cases among all states and union territories in India. In Kerala, Kasargod had the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 162 confirmed infections, followed by Kannur (85 case), Ernakulam (24 cases), Kozhikode (21) and Mallapuram with 19 coronaviru positive cases.

Meanwhile, the state government has charted a strategic exit by clubbing the state's districts in four zones. The districts with the maximum number of COVID-19 cases of Kasargode, Kannur, Kozhikode. Entry and exit point of all the hotspots in these districts will be closed while the state government will provide necessary items.

In the second zone, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Kollam will be included and relaxation in lockdown restrictions will be allowed from April 24. In the third zone, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Wayanad districts will be included. Partial relaxation will be given to this zone while in the fourth zone.

Relaxation in lockdown will be allowed in Kottayam and Idukki, which have no COVID 19 cases at present, from April 20. The health minister has warned that the relaxations will be withdrawn and lockdown implemented strictly if any fresh cases are reported from these districts.

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