Kerala Covid Spike Concerns Of Third Wave, Sudden Change Is Challenging
| Thursday | 29th July, 2021
Kerala is a super spreader of Covid, a Sudden change is challenging to the state.
As the covid cases tend to fall, the focus is being drawn towards Kerala whose daily tally has been rapidly rising ever since the third week of June, leading to the fear of an imminent third wave. Kerala reported more than 22,000 new cases on Thursday, which is more than 50% of the peak witnessed during the second wave of infections in mid-May.
The steady rise in infections in Kerala is posing a big challenge to the state’s overstretched health system and exposing the government to opposition attacks. Kerala was the first state to report a Covid case in the country in January 2020 and the pandemic has shown no signs of abating here in the last three months, health ministry statistics show.
The total number of active cases in the country is 4,03,000 of which 1,50,000 alone are from Kerala.
Kerala has also been reporting a high number of daily Covid deaths since the first week of June, which also saw daily new deaths as high as 227. Even today, the state is seeing 150 deaths a day.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said the situation is under control. “The second wave started late in the state and about 50% of the state population are yet to contract the virus. So we expected this increase.”
Experts have blamed the government for the increase in cases while others point to the fact that the “spike" is not a steep rise.
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