Kerala is witnessing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, with daily numbers surpassing 500 for the past two days. On Tuesday, 519 new cases and three deaths were reported, followed by 514 new cases and three deaths on Wednesday. This brings the total active cases in the state to 2,341 and the Covid death toll in December to 16, according to data shared by Kerala with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
The rising numbers have sparked concern among healthcare professionals, with hospitalizations due to Covid-19 steadily increasing. “There is a steady increase in hospitalization due to Covid-19 and patients admitted are from all age groups,” said Dr.M. I. Sahadulla, chairman and managing director of KIMS Healthcare Group and president of the Association of Healthcare Providers India (Kerala chapter). “We now have 15 to 20 Covid patients admitted to the hospital. There are a few, especially elderly, patients who need ICU admission. We were not prepared for such a situation, and we have now increased Covid rooms in the hospital. Also, we are insisting that all patients coming to the hospital should wear masks and use sanitizers.”
Data analysis reveals a worrying trend of increasing Covid positivity in the state. “The steep rise in Covid positivity in the past five months was discussed in detail at the IMA Covid meeting on Tuesday, and an analysis of data showed that the positivity was 1% in August and 2% in September and October, while it jumped to 8% in November and about 30% now, indicating the Covid spread in the community,” said Dr. Rajeev Jayadevan, chairman of the research cell at IMA-Kerala.
While Kerala accounts for a staggering 87% of new Covid cases in India, other states like Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Karnataka are also witnessing a rise in daily positivity rates. Covid data analyst NC Krishna Prasad warns, “Other states are also showing an increase in new Covid cases now.”
The recent surge in Covid cases underscores the need for continued vigilance and adherence to safety protocols. As Kerala battles this resurgence, increased testing, contact tracing, and public awareness campaigns will be crucial in curbing the spread of the virus. While most Covid-positive patients fortunately don’t require hospitalization, the situation demands proactive measures to protect vulnerable populations and prevent healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed.
It’s essential to remember that the pandemic is far from over, and proactive measures remain vital to safeguard public health. Let’s hope that Kerala and other states effectively navigate this wave and emerge stronger, with lessons learned and communities protected.
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