Amid a continuous surge in coronavirus cases, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday reached Kerala to do an on-ground assessment of the COVID-19 situation in the southern state.
The Union Health Minister is accompanied by National Centre for Disease Control Head Dr Sujeet K Singh and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
During his visit, Mandaviya will meet Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and State Health Minister Veena George along with central and state government officers at Kovalam.
The Union Health Minister will also be visiting Guwahati the next day where he will hold a review of cases and measures being taken to cut down the chain of transmission in the northeastern states.
Health ministers of northeastern states will attend the review meeting.
COVID-19 situation in Kerala
Kerala on August 15 logged 18,582 new COVID-19 cases pushing the total infection count to 36.69 lakh, as the number of people succumbing to the disease rose to 18,601 with 102 additional deaths.
According to the state health department, as many as 20,829 people have been cured of the infection since Saturday, taking the total recoveries to 34,92,367 and the number of active cases in the state to 1,78,630.
In the last 24 hours, 1,22,970 samples were tested and the TPR was found to be 15.11 per cent. So far, 2,94,57,951 samples have been tested, it said.
Some of the worst affected districts in the state are Malappuram 2681, Thrissur 2423, Kozhikode 2368, Ernakulam 2161, Palakkad 1771, Kannur 1257, Kollam 1093, Alappuzha 941, Kottayam 929 and Thiruvananthapuram 927.