In a first, Kerala CM confirms community transmission of Covid-19

In a first, Kerala CM confirms community transmission of Covid-19

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday confirmed that community transmission of Covid-19 has occurred in two coastal hamlets of capital Thiruvananthapuram and asked people to be extra vigilant.

“The situation in Thiruvananthapuram is really serious. In two areas, Poonthura and Pulluvila, community transmission has happened” said the CM.

He said in Poonthura when 50 people were tested randomly, 26 tested positive, while in Pulluvila, 28 out of the 57 tested were found to be positive.

The CM’s Kerala admission came on a day when the state reported another highest single-day spike of 791 new cases, taking the total infections so far since January 30 to 11,066. Of the infected, 6, 029 are active cases while 4,971 have recovered. The state has reported 40 deaths so far.

Community transmission means that the disease is in its third stage and the source of its origin is not known. It is now present in the community and can infect people with no history – either of travel to or contact with infected people and areas. At this point, everyone is susceptible to catching it.

Experts also say that in random testing, if more than half of the people test positive, then it can be called a community transmission.

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