Doctors’ body see signs of Covid community spread in Kerala, urges government to conduct scientific study

South India

The body of government doctors in Kerala has viewed the signs of fast spreading cold fever as an indication of community spread of Covid19 in the state.

ERNAKULAM: The Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA), the association of government doctors in Kerala, has raised serious concern over the sudden rise in cold fever cases in the state.

In a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the association pointed out that the cases being reported from primary and taluk hospitals across the state could be a sign of the community spread of the novel coronavirus, a Manorma News report said.

The doctors’ has urged the chief minister to conduct a scientific study of the cold fever cases. The government has already taken steps to conduct rapid tests to find out if there is community spread of the virus in the state.

Officials in the health department said that the state health department has received approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to go ahead with the test, which detects antibodies to the virus in the human body. The test takes 20 to 30 minutes.

The officials said that the department was awaiting test kits to launch the rapid tests. Kerala, which first recorded Covid19 in the state, has been witnessing a steady rise in the number of affected people.

Twenty fresh cases were reported from the state on Sunday, taking the total number to 202. As many as 181 people among them are active cases, according to Health Minister K K Shylaja.

The number of persons under treatment for Covid positive has now reached 181. Kasargod with 89 confirmed cases topped the districts in the state. The minister said there were no signs of community spread in the northern district so far as the majority of the 89 persons tested positive in the district were those returned from Gulf countries.

Covid that struck China in December has so far infected more than 660,000 people and killed over 30,000 people across the world.

In India, 979 people have been infected by coronavirus and 25 people have died so far. India reported 106 new cases in the last 24-hours.

PM Narendra Modi in his radio address asked people to follow lockdown measures to help curb the Covid-19 contagion. Italy and Spain continue to report surge in both death rates and cases. Spain reported 838 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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