Experts opine peak of COVID spread over in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, May 17 (FN Representative) Experts are of the opinion that the peak of the COVID spread is over in Kerala, but the State should continue to follow restrain, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday. Addressing a press conference here this evening, the CM said a review meeting on the pandemic today observed that the declining test positivity rate is reassuring.

“It was a day of relief. It is reassuring that there is a slight decrease in the number of active cases in the state as they have come down from 4,45,000 to 3,62,315. It is a positive sign that the average number of cases per day has started coming down, as a result of the weekend restrictions, night curfews and the general caution implemented before the lockdown,” he said. The number of cases today is a reflection of the infection that happened a week back or earlier. The change we are seeing now suggests that the lockdown may be effective. Let us continue to exercise caution even after the lockdown.

Strict lockdown restrictions continue in the state. Triple lockdown is being implemented successfully in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram districts. Over the last two weeks, eight districts have recorded a decline of 10 to 30%. The lowest decline was in Wayanad district. In Pathanamthitta district, the prevalence of the disease is stable. However, the number of cases is increasing in Kollam, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad districts. In Kollam district, there is an increase of 23%.