Bengaluru: Covid cases continue to soar high in Kerala with the state touching a record high of 42,464 cases on Thursday, the health officials said. In a statement, Health Minister K.K. Shailaja also informed that the active cases in the state stands at 3,90,906. All these figures, including the test positivity rate of 27.28 per cent, are the highest ever since the onset of the pandemic. On a positive note, 27,152 people were cured taking the total cured to 13,89,515.
The day also saw the highest number of deaths being recorded on a single day, at 63, pushing the total death toll to 5,628. In other news related to the pandemic, a few public crematoriums also found that all the booking slots were getting filled quickly. In the Thiruvananthapuram public crematorium, it was found that there are no slots before Saturday, creating a panic among the family of deceased.
"We can do only 24 cremations in a day and in the past few days all the slots for the next day are being filled on the previous day itself," said an official.
Meanwhile Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced a 10-day-long statewide lockdown in an attempt to arrest the spread of covid-19. The lockdown will come into effect from Saturday and will remain in place May 16.
Minister for Transport A.K. Saseendran confirmed that the state had no other option but to go for total lockdown given the surge.
"This is the only way out and it will only benefit all of us. So all have to abide by it and stay home," said Saseendran.