State health minister Veena George said 1,17,216 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 16.74 per cent.
In a letter to the Kerala chief secretary on Friday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the state has witnessed a sustained and significant transmission of COVID-19 since July.
The last time the TPR crossed 19 per cent was in May this year.
The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) jumped to 18.04 per cent from 15.63 per cent on Monday.
The government has also decided that all senior citizens above 60 years of age who have not received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine shall be vaccinated before August 15.
As per the order of the state government, surveillance has been scaled up on all borders with Kerala in DK, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts, police sources said.
The team headed by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director S K Singh will reach Kerala Friday and visit some districts reporting a high case positivity rate, the Health Ministry said in a...
The TPR had crossed 11 per cent on July 19 after remaining below it for several weeks. Thereafter, it has continued to rise each day and has now reached 12.38 per cent.
The number of people who have succumbed to the virus rose to 15,512 with 104 more deaths, a state government release said.
They had been undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.