Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday, that lockdown will be imposed in the state from 6 am on May 8 to May 16, in wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the second wave. Kerala reported the highest single-day spike of 41,953 coronavirus cases on Wednesday. It had recorded 37,000 cases on Tuesday.
In Kerala, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur and Kollam districts have recorded a continued rise in the number of cases for the last two weeks.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the spike in cases in the state with 41,953 people turning Covid positive after 1,63,321 samples were tested in the past 24 hours.
“Things are serious as the test positivity rate (TPR) also is not coming down and hence, ward level committees and medical students also will now be actively involved. Apart from that, those medical graduates, who are waiting for registration, will be given temporary registration, which will enable them to get to work,” he said.
The TPR on Wednesday stood at 25.68 per cent and the total number of active cases in the state were 3,75,658, while 23,106 people were cured, taking the total recoveries to 13,62,363.
Vijayan said that at the moment, there is no shortage of oxygen and 38.7 per cent of ICU beds are vacant in state-run hospitals.
“With regards to the ventilator availability in the government hospitals, 27.3 per cent are under use, while in the private sector, of the 1,523 available ventilators, 377 are under use. Likewise, 51.28 per cent of oxygen beds in the public and 66.12 per cent in the private health care sectors are under use now,” he added.