Central team to visit Kerala amid spike in virus cases

The Centre would be sending yet another team of experts to review the Covid situation in the state, it is learnt. The Centre has expressed serious concern over the present situation in the state. The state accounts for 50% of all new Covid cases in the country, and the Union health ministry has expressed concern over the increasing caseload. ​The ministry has also expressed concern at the upward graph of new cases reported from Kerala over the last four weeks.

According to sources, the top officials of the Ministry of Home will also be meeting the chief secretaries of Kerala and Maharashtra in the coming days over the 50 percent case contribution of these two states in the national scenario. Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to the Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare of Kerala pointing out that Super Spreader Events have been observed in Kerala in the recent past. ​The Health Secretary in his letter has said that ‘Compliance to mass/social gatherings guidelines need to be enforced strictly and correctly.’ Kerala reported 22,056 new confirmed cases of infection on Wednesday, along with 131 more Covid-related deaths. The state of Kerala has been reporting a high number of COVID for the past several weeks even as the overall numbers have been falling rapidly since the second wave peak across India.  According to the MoHFW dashboard, Kerala accounts for 1,45,876 of the total 3,99,436 active cases in the country as of July 28.