Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the state government aims to complete the first dose of vaccination to all above 18 years by September 30.
Vijayan said till now, 78.03 percent of the population above 18 years received the first dose of vaccination, while 30.16 percent received both doses.
The Chief Minister, while addressing the press after a COVID-19 evaluation meeting, said only two percent of the active cases during September 3-9 in the state required oxygen beds, and only one percent got admitted to ICUs.
Vijayan said 93 percent of people above 45 years received the first dose of the vaccine while 50 percent received the second dose too. "During the period between September 3 to 9, there was an average of 2,42,278 active cases in the state of which only two percent required oxygen beds and one percent got admitted in the ICUs," he said.
Vijayan told the media that antigen tests will be conducted only for the purpose of medical treatment in the districts where 80 percent of the population have been vaccinated with the first dose. "In such districts, RTPCR tests will be used to detect the infection," he said.
After analyzing the COVID-19 situation, the state government has decided to impose stringent lockdown restrictions in areas where the weekly infection population ratio was above eight percent. Until today the restrictions were inwards of local self-government bodies with WIPR above seven percent.
Kerala today logged 25,010 new COVID-19 cases and 177 deaths, taking the caseload to 43,34,704 and the death toll to 22,303. Health minister Veena George said 1,51,317 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 16.53 percent.