Headlines September 5, 2020
Kerala Chief Minister warns of hike in Covid cases
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has warned that there may be a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. This is as the Onam festival comes to an end in Kerala.
Mr Vijayan said that increased contact among people during these festive days, may result in what he called “Onam Clusters” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The next two weeks are crucial as we may see Onam clusters being formed in the state due to increased outdoor public activity and travel during the festival time. We can expect a hike in Covid cases,” said Mr Vijayan.
Kerala’s Test Positivity Rate is over 8, which is a significant increase, according to the Chief Minister. For the first time, Kerala has crossed India’s Test Positive Rate which was at 7.7.
“The reason for the spike in Test Positivity Rate is because people were reluctant to do tests during Onam. Tests dropped during the festival season, to even 18,000. They have now been revived to 30,000 and will be hiked to 50,000. Our aim is to bring the Test Positivity Rate below 5 at this point,” said officials to the media.
Kerala has a total of 79,625 COVID 19 cases, with 315 deaths. The active cases currently in the state is 21,516.