Ten districts of Kerala show a worrying trend: Lav Aggarwal
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic “is still sweeping” the country and is far from over, Deputy Secretary of the Health Ministry Lav Aggarwal said at a press conference on Tuesday. Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Karnataka, Puducherry, and Kerala have all seen an increase in Breeding Number (Rt), which was cause for concern of the second wave, he said.
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The reproduction number is the average number of new infections generated by an infected individual during the entire infectious period. R> 1 denotes a spreading infection. Rt for India is 1.2.” If it has gone above 1, it shows that it is a major problem and some states have seen an increasing trend of more than 1,” said Mr. Aggarwal. Only Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra show a downward trend and in states such as Bengal, Nagaland, Haryana, Goa, Delhi, and Jharkhand, the R factor is at 1.
The Ministry of Health said 44 districts had reported high positivity of cases and Eighteen districts had shown an increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases in the past four weeks. “The second wave driven by the delta is not over yet, and we currently have Kerala (10 districts), Manipur (9), Mizoram (6), Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya (4 each), among others that remain a cause for concern. Furthermore, 49.85% of the total cases in the last week were reported in Kerala. The Malappuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Kasargod, Pathanamthitta, Wayanad, and Idukki districts in Kerala are showing a worrying trend, ”said Mr. Aggarwal. A general downward trend had been observed across India in weekly positivity since the week ending May 10. “Weekly positivity has been less than 2% for the first time in the last 3 months,” he said.
The pandemic was far from over, and globally there was also an increase in cases, said NITI member Aayog (Health) V.K. Said Paul. The Delta variant was a dominant problem. “Proper COVID behavior and vaccination are vital and we urge the vulnerable population to avail themselves of the vaccination facility as soon as possible. This definitely contributes to the reduction of severity and mortality ”. He said the government was still in talks with Moderna and Pfizer to bring in more vaccines and that India was ready to improve its production capacity by next month. Work was being done in terms of incorporating the COVID-19 vaccine for children as well.
“While work is underway to ensure increased vaccination capacity, the data has shown that India has to take a cautious approach to the virus that does not appear to have tired. Although we have generally registered a trend of reduced positivity, there are districts that continue to be a cause for concern. Now, states like Himachal Pradesh, where the positivity of the cases was constant or declining, are showing districts with high positivity. This clearly indicates that we cannot lower our guard, ”he added.