Thiruvananthapuram: In view of the rising Covid cases in Kerala, a complete lockdown will be observed in the state on July 31 and August 1 (Saturday & Sunday). This came a day after the number of daily Covid-19 cases in Kerala crossed 20,000 for the second successive day on Wednesday.Also Read - Kerala Imposes Triple Lockdown in 31 Municipalities in Kozhikode District For Next 1 Week | Details Here 

The Centre is planning to send a six-member team from the National Centre for Disease Control to the state to help in the Covid-19 management. “Govt is sending a 6-member team to Kerala headed by Director, National Centre for Disease Control. As a large number of COVID cases are still being reported in Kerala, the team will aid the state’s ongoing efforts in COVID management,” said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

Some of the worst affected districts in the state are Malappuram (3931), Thrissur (3005), Kozhikode (2400), Ernakulam (2397), Palakkad (1649), Kollam (1462), Alappuzha (1461), Kannur (1179), Thiruvananthapuram (1101) and Kottayam (1067).

According to an India Today report, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had written to the Principal Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Kerala, in view of the pandemic situation in the state. Bhushan, in the letter, had asserted that Kerala needs to “do more” in terms of containment.

Prior to this, the state government had imposed Triple Lockdown for the next one week in 31 local bodies in Kozhikode district, including two of the seven municipalities and 29 of the 70 grama panchayats, to contain COVID-19. The move was taken as the test positivity rate (TPR) was found to be above 15% in these places. These areas have been included in the ‘D’ category.

Covid Cases in Kerala

Kerala recorded 22,056 fresh COVID-19 cases and 131 more deaths yesterday, pushing the infection caseload to 33,27,301 and toll to 16,457. The only solace on Wednesday was that the test positivity rate fell from 12.35 per cent on Tuesday to 11.20 per cent.

Kerala now accounts for 50 per cent of all new Coronavirus cases in the country, the health ministry has informed.