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Mansukh Mandaviya to hold review meeting with southern states over high Covid figures

According to a one-week data, currently, Karnataka, which is reporting the maximum number of cases, is contributing 16.25% of the total active cases in the country.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 28, 2022 2:54:07 pm
Currently, Karnataka, which is reporting the maximum number of cases, is contributing 16.25% of the total active cases in the country.

A day after the Union Health Ministry highlighted that the four southern states — Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh — are among the top 10 in the country contributing the maximum number of active cases, officials said Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya will hold a review meeting Friday on the current situation in the states.

According to a one-week data, currently, Karnataka, which is reporting the maximum number of cases, is contributing 16.25% of the total active cases in the country.

The positivity rate in Karnataka has seen a decline from a peak of 33 per cent on January 23 to 20 percent on January 27. The mortality rate is in the range of 0.1 per cent. The growth rate of Covid cases has also declined by 28.4 percent Thursday. Only 2,520 hospital beds in the state have been occupied by Covid patients for more than seven days.

Karnataka has placed restrictions like a night curfew and 50 per cent occupancy for offices, restaurants and public places till January 31.

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The restrictions and the overall Covid-19 situation will be reviewed by the Karnataka government on the weekend on the basis of recommendations from the Technical Advisory Committee.

Significantly, while 27 districts in Karnataka are reporting positivity rates above 10 per cent, 14 in Kerala are recording figures above 10 per cent.

Thursday, the Union Health Ministry also said that Bangalore Urban and Chennai are among the districts in southern India that are showing a decline in terms of the number of cases and positivity rates compared to last week.

Meanwhile, in Kerala, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram are recording a high number of cases. The state has seen a sharp rise in the Covid-19 cases over the last one week.

Thursday, the state’s test positivity rate stood at 44.6 per cent after 51,736 new cases were reported from 1,16,003 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

The active caseload in Kerala has risen to 3.09 lakh, of which one lakh cases had been added in the last two days (January 26 and 27).

Health minister Veena George said 94 per cent of the cases being reported in Kerala are due to the Omicron wave and the rest due to the Delta variant.

Stringent restrictions are in place across Kerala with curbs on gatherings at four districts — Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki — where the share of Covid-19 patients at hospitals has gone beyond 25 per cent.

Schools across Kerala, except Classes X and XII, are still shut and a weekend lockdown has been clamped since last Sunday.

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