South India Coronavirus Kerala situation on roller coaster ride; Virus overall losing bite
July 21, 2021:As the declining incidence of fresh cases of Covid 19 infection brought hopes of fighting Covid 19 more effectively, an ICMR serosurvey (referred to as serology test to determine the presence of antibodies if an individual has had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19) finding that 40 per cent of the population are still vulnerable to the disease ,came as a reiteration of the importance of observing Covid 19 protocols.
As the states were on a relaxation spree of the restrictions imposed two months ago and the apprehension of a third wave lingering in the minds, counselling by experts is repeated to forewarn people against any complacency.
Meanwhile, the Covid 19 figures for Tuesday continued to indicate the second wave losing its bite, though Kerala’s fluctuations in its fresh cases, continued to draw a line between taking the overall situation for granted and exercising caution to maintain a strict control over containment measures coronavirus.
The daily fresh cases on Tuesday saw India recording the lowest number of 30,093 in more than 100 days. Overall, the country had recorded 3.12 crore infections and over four lakh deaths since the outbreak in January last year.
While this lower number is heartening, Kerala continued to contribute the highest number of incidence of coronavirus.
Following is the Covid 19 News Round-Up of Southern Indian States:
Kerala: The State recorded a whopping 16,848 new cases, close to 60 per cent rise from Monday’s figure of 9,921. The number of deaths also spiked by a little over 55 per cent at 104 for the day. Its death figure for Monday was 58.
The State’s total covid cases so far have touched 31,87,716 while its overall fatalities figure touched 15,512. With 12,052 patients discharged from hospitals after treatment for novel corona disease, the total recovery figure stood at 30,45,310. The active cases number has touched 1,26,398 with 4,690 patients reported in the category for Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the COVID-19 restrictions already in place would continue for another week as the average test positive rate was still above 10 per cent. The State has been reporting TPR of above 11 per cent in the last two days.
Andhra Pradesh: The state has been maintaining a steady record in containing the coronavirus spread. The state recorded 2,498 fresh cases on Tuesday with only 24 deaths. With this the cumulative coronavirus cases have reached a figure of 19,44,222. The state also reported 2,201 recoveries during the day taking the total recoveries to 19,07, 201. The overall death figure has reached 13,178. The number of active cases stood at 23,843.
Even as the Covid 19 cases have been on the decline, the incidence of black fungus or mucormycosis has been on the rise. During the week ending July 18, the state had 58 persons infected with the disease found in people who had recovered from coronavirus. The total number of such cases has climbed up to 382. In the previous week, the state reported 24 mucormycosis deaths and 42 in the week before that.
Karnataka: The State recorded 1,464 new cases and 29 deaths on Tuesday. With the day’s figures, the total number of covid cases so far has climbed up to 28,86,702 and overall toll to 36,226.
With 2,706 patients relieved from hospitals on Tuesday, the tally of discharged patients has gone up to 28,24,197. The number of active cases has been put at 26,256
The capital city of Bangalore in its urban clusters however witnessed the micro-containment zone being increased even as the daily infection of coronavirus saw a drop over a month.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has said this increase was as a step to prevent the virus spread than any other reason. While the Karnataka capital had 44 active micro-containment zones on July 1, the number rose to 56 by July 19.
Tamil Nadu: The state registered 1,904 new cases and 30 deaths on Tuesday, including three persons who had returned from Andhra Pradesh. This took the tally of Covid cases so far to 25.39 lakh, while toll to 33,782.
Recoveries continued to outnumber new infections with 2,439 people getting discharged, increasing the cumulative figure to 24,78,778. There are now 26,717 active cases.
As many as 30 districts reported new infections in double digits, while there were no fresh deaths in 22 districts.
Chennai added 141 new infections, taking the total count to 5,36,493, while three deaths in the state capital took the toll to 8,302, the bulletin said.
In its bid to cover more people under vaccination, the State government plans to launch a free vaccination drive through private hospitals in the state. The programme will be done in coordination with the private companies who will fund the programme under the Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.
Telangana: The State on Tuesday recorded 657 new cases taking the total so far to 6,38.030. The deaths reported were only two for the day, which pushed up the overall fatalities to 3,766.
As many as 704 patients were declared as cured on Tuesday taking the total number of recoveries so far to 6,24,477. A total of 9,707 are active cases undergoing treatment in the state.
Puducherry: The Union Territory reported 78 fresh cases on Tuesday, raising the overall tally to 1,19,82.
Puducherry region accounted for the 54 new cases out of the total number of cases reported by the Union Territory. This was followed by Karaikal (17), Yanam (two) and Mahe (five). The active cases were 988 of whom 173 were in hospitals and the remaining 815 in home isolation.
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