Kerala

TPR continues to decline with 10.85%

As tests, checks continue: COVID-19 testing camp being held in an auditorium in Olavanna grama panchayat in Kozhikode district on Tuesday; and (right) police checking motorists at Swaraj Round in Thrissur.  

The State on Thursday reported 12,469 new cases of COVID-19 when 1,14,894 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. Test positivity rate (TPR) continues to show a decline at 10.85%.

The active case pool has 1,08,560 patients with 13,614 patients reported to have recovered from the disease on the day.

Cumulative fatality now stands at 11,743 with 88 deaths which occurred in the past two or three days added to the official list.

There was a significant increase in hospital admissions with 2,492 patients getting admitted on Thursday, as against 2,052 on Wednesday. The number of patients being treated for moderate or severe COVID in hospitals has dipped to 28,227.

ICU admissions

ICU admissions of critically ill patients, in both public and private hospitals, are declining steadily and now, 2,824 patients are occupying ICU beds. The number of patients requiring ventilator support among these patients has come down to 1,099.

The cumulative case burden of the State ever since the pandemic began now stands at 27,73,943 cases.

Break-up for districts

Among districts, Thiruvananthapuram reported the highest number of new cases at 1,727 cases, followed by Kollam 1,412, Ernakulam 1,322, Malappuram 1,293, Thrissur 1,157, Kozhikode 968, Palakkad 957, Alappuzha 954, Pathanamthitta 588, Kannur 535, Kottayam 464, Idukki 417, Kasaragod 416 and Wayanad 259.

New testing guidelines have been framed for increasing COVID testing in local bodies on the basis of the test positivity rate. Testing will be done on the basis of the average TPR over a week. If the TPR is found to be over 30% in any local body, the number of tests done in the region will be increased to 10 times that of the total cases reported there in the last three days.

If 100 cases each were reported in the last three days, the number of tests which will be done in the local body daily will be increased to 3,000. As the TPR comes down, testing numbers will also be revised. If the week’s average TPR is between 20 and 30% , the number of tests done daily in the area will be six times that of the total cases reported in the last three days. If the weekly average TPR is between 2 and 20, testing will be increased to three times the total number of cases reported in the last three days.

All testing modalities, including rapid antigen and RT-PCR, will be utilised. If the weekly TPR goes below 2%, the tests done will be five times the total number of cases reported in the last three days.


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