Thiruvananthapuram: The Health Department on Monday warned that the per day covid toll in the state may rise upto 9,000 in the state by mid-January. The report also states that nearly 494 patients died due to the infection within the last 20 days.
The Health Department estimates that the clusters formed in association with local election, followed by Christmas and New Year celebrations and the opening of educational institutions will worsen the spread in the state.
The per day toll will rise by January 15. The number of patients under treatment can rise up to 90,000 people. Mortality rate also might show a rise, states the report prepared by Health Secretary Dr Rajan Khobragade.
According to official figures, 3,141 people have died from Corona infection. It does not account for the deaths due to coronary heart disease and other serious illnesses. The elderly and sick people at households are also at increased risk of contracting the disease.
The report at the same time puts forward a proposal to increase the antigen testing. Studies will soon begin to determine the percentage of people infected with the disease by performing antibody tests.
24 pc of the total covid patients of the country is from Kerala. The test positivity rate is also relatively higher than the national average. The Health Department is expecting to start the vaccination process as soon as the vaccine arrives.