As Kerala on last day reported more than 22,000 coronavirus cases for the third consecutive day and the state now accounting for over 50 percent of all new infections in the country, Health Minister Veena George said that cases are high as efforts are on to increase testing to "identify every single positive case."
Taking lessons from the situation of Kerala, Karnataka new Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday informed that the his government is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation following a spurt in cases in Kerala. "There has been a spurt of COVID cases in Kerala and we have three border districts. We have talked to Deputy Commissioners to be on alert and make stringent measures. They have been asked to prepare medical facilities. I will have a detailed meeting on this matter once I go back," the Chief Minister said.
Meanwhile The Kerala government has announced a complete lockdown amid the spike of COVID-19 cases from July 31 to August 1. Amid the rising cases in Kerala, the Centre government sent a team of six members headed by Dr SK Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control. Besides. The Centre's team to collaborate with the State Health Authorities in instituting effective public health measures for COVID-19 management.