Antibody tests to be conducted in Kerala from June 8

Thiruvananthapuram: With the coronavirus cases witnessing a sharp rise, the Kerala government has decided to conduct anti-body tests from Monday to check if there was any community spread in the state.

The state had reported 111 positive cases on Friday, the highest single day spike, prompting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to declare the situation as 'grim'.

Vijayan also said the antibody tests would be conducted on a large scale to check if there was any community spread in the state.

Health Secretary Dr. Rajan Khobaragade said the tests would begin from June 8.

"It is a surveillance done on a scientific basis. From the community various segments will be under the zone of consideration," he told.

The state has received 14,000 kits through ICMR and 10,000 of these have been given to different districts. Another 40,000 kits are expected in the next three days, the CM said.

 

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