Kerala is seeing a gradual rise in COVID-19 cases with 3,419 fresh infections reported on Wednesday, June 16, bringing the total active cases to 18,345 and the caseload to 65,89,307 till June 15. On Tuesday, according to data provided on the Kerala government dashboard, the number of fresh cases was 3,488, among the highest number reported in the last two-three months. Eight deaths were also reported on Wednesday, bringing the total casualties in the state due to the pandemic to 69,853 till June 15.
In view of the increase in the COVID-19 cases in Kerala, the Health Department has announced that there will be a special six-day long vaccination drive starting from Thursday, June 16, for administering precaution doses of the vaccine. It has advised that no one should skip the precautionary dose believing that they are immune as they have taken two doses of vaccine.
The Department, in a release, has further said that directions have been issued to provide the precautionary dose at home to all those above 60 years of age who are in palliative care, bed-ridden or living in old age homes. Since there is a gradual increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, everyone is required to wear masks, it has said.
It has also said that analysis of the weekly COVID-19 infection numbers indicated that the highest number of cases were in Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Kozhikode and Thrissur districts and directed all districts to be vigilant and carry out inspections regularly to curb spread of the virus.
The department has said that the fresh infections are of the Omicron variant which spreads very rapidly and therefore, everyone must strictly adhere to the COVID guidelines to avoid being infected. Those displaying symptoms should get tested immediately, it added.