Kerala, which has been witnessing an alarming surge in daily COVID-19 cases, has further extended the weekend lockdown from this week.
The central government is sending a six-member team from the National Centre for Disease Control to the state.
“As a large number of Covid cases are still being reported in Kerala, the team will aid the state’s ongoing efforts in Covid management,” said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
Kerala has been reporting a high number of infections for the past many weeks even as the overall numbers have been falling rapidly since the second wave peak across India.
An increasing ‘R’ value, or Covid reproduction rate, in Kerala had earlier this month triggered concerns of a renewed wave, which could even fuel a national spike.