Mass COVID testing in hotspots where TPR surpasses district average: Kerala govt


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government will undertake mass coronavirus testing in hotspots where Test Positivity Rate (TPR) is higher than the district average.

The testing exercise has ramped up for the past seven days with over one lakh testing being conducted on a single day. As per the health department, facilities such as ICU beds and ventilators are sufficient in the state.

The government said there is no situation demanding the implementation of a weekend lockdown or more stringent measures. Health experts say that 85 per cent of the state population is susceptible to COVID infection and that the second wave could be more challenging.

A high-power committee meeting headed by chief secretary VP Joy has decided to avoid imposing a weekend lockdown in the state. Instead, the meeting decided to hold mass testing within local body limits where the test positivity rate (TPR) is higher than the district average.

Of all the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest number of cases with the district recording 3200 cases on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan  has urged the Prime Minister to ensure supply of vaccination distribution and the doses are provided free of cost.


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