A student, who was the first Indian to test positive for Covid last year after returning from Wuhan, is in isolation at her home in Kerala after contracting the virus for the second time.
He hasn’t received a Covid-19 vaccine yet: Officials
In Kerala, the R-value is around 1.10. is expected to be
The student had first tested positive in January last year
A medical student from Kerala, who was the first Indian to test positive for Covid-19 in January last year, has contracted the virus for the second time. The Kerala resident was diagnosed with coronavirus last year after returning from Wuhan, China, where she was studying.
According to the concerned District Medical Officer (DMO), the student is asymptomatic. He has decided to home-quarantine himself and is being closely monitored. The 20-year-old is a resident of Thrissur district and reportedly got her exam results on July 13.
Officials familiar with the matter also said that the student has not yet received the first dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
India has been witnessing a steady decline in new confirmed cases of Kovid-19 since the second wave of infections in some parts of the country earlier this year.
However, experts have flagged a sudden rise in the R-value in some parts of the country, including Kerala and the North East. The R-value is an indicator of how many people a COVID-19 patient can infect.
In the case of Kerala, the R-value is estimated to be around 1.10. To put this in perspective, India’s overall R-value during the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 infections between March 9 and April 21 this year was estimated at 1.37.
Addressing media outlets on Sunday, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said the recent spike in cases was expected due to the unlock measures.
On Tuesday, Kerala reported 14,539 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, besides 10,331 recoveries and 124 more Covid deaths.
According to the state government dashboard, there are 1,15,174 active cases of Covid-19 in Kerala. Kerala now has a recovery rate of 95.89 percent and a mortality rate (CFR) of 0.48 percent.