STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Two days, 14 new COVID-19 cases; Kerala likely to be included in national surveillance programme

 After  a lull, Kerala is on the Covid-19 national radar again with 14 persons testing positive in two days.

Published: 12th May 2020 03:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2020 03:25 AM   |  A+A-

A majority of the fresh cases are returnees from abroad and other states who tested positive on arrival. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav, EPS)

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After a lull, Kerala is on the COVID-19 national radar again with 14 persons testing positive in two days. A majority of the fresh cases are returnees from abroad and other states who tested positive on arrival.

The state is now most likely to become part of the health ministry’s district-level facility-based surveillance for COVID-19 programme. While the programme monitors trends in the prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 infection at the district level, it remains unclear whether all fourteen districts in the state will be included.

“The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are initiating a population-based serosurvey in select districts representing the case detection across the country. But as the proposal has just been received, the state needs to examine it,” said a senior health department official. As per the proposal, ten health facilities -- six public and four private health facilities -- need to be selected.

The throat/nasal swabs will be collected from population groups categorised as high-risk ones (health care workers) and low-risk ones (outpatient attendees, non-influenza- like illness patients and pregnant women).

It is learnt the new surveillance initiative will be a collaboration of ICMR, NCDC, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, state health department and the district health units. ICMR had earlier selected Palakkad and Thrissur for a national-level study that covered 22 districts. The state had also carried out surveillance programmes for checking community transmission at Kannur and Kasaragod.

More from Kerala.

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp