Thiruvananthapuram: The coastal areas of Kerala are staring at a second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic. It is learnt that number of positive cases are increasing recently after a brief interval. Earlier, the transmission was effectively contained through strict measures.
The number of the infected had plunged to low numbers including in Poonthura, where the number of patients admitted to First Line Treatment Centre dropped to 30, thanks to strict measures. Thereafter, the authorities also shifted their focus from the coastal areas and the number of tests also decreased.
The surge in the number of cases in the coastal region are seen at a time when the state is witnessing the peak of the transmission. However, the health department is yet to confirm the spread officially.
Most of the positive cases do not show any intense symptoms. There are no other ways than testing to diagnose the disease. The experts say that in addition to imposing controlling measures, number of tests also should be increased.
Earlier, eighty coastal villages across the state were identified and 8000 antigen tests were conducted as symptoms of community spread were detected. However, there were no more controlling measures and serious surveillance.
The second wave could be averted only if strong observation methods are implemented to pay special attention to those who are infected with cold, lung disorders and other similar symptoms.