Dengue fever is tightening its grip over the state of Kerala with each passing day. Even as Health Department officials continue to assure the public that the situation is under control, a look at the numbers gives a rather alarming picture.
TNM has put together the number of suspected and confirmed cases of dengue, as well as the number of dengue deaths, in the state in the first week of July, from July 1 to July 7.
According to the data available with the District Health Services, a total of 1,314 confirmed dengue cases were reported from across the state in just seven days.
The number of suspected cases stands at 5,003.
The capital city of Thiruvananthapuram is the worst hit, with a whopping 470 confirmed cases. It also stands the highest in the number of suspected cases with 1467 cases.
Close on the heels of Thiruvananthapuram are the districts of Kollam and Kozhikode, with 239 and 119 confirmed cases respectively. These are the only three districts out of the total 14 to record a three-digit number of confirmed cases.
Thrissur, Kottayam and Alappuzha have recorded 82 confirmed cases of dengue each.
According to the data, Malappuram appears to be the least affected, with 376 suspected cases. The number of confirmed cases stands at zero.
Although Thiruvananthapuram is the worst affected in terms of dengue, the district recorded only one death in the first week of July. In comparison to this, the highest number of deaths in the week was recorded from Kollam, where 3 patients lost their lives.
From July 1 to July 7, there have been no deaths in other districts.