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Antibody tests to be conducted in Kerala from June 8

​​The state had reported 111 postive 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.

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Last Updated: Jun 06, 2020, 01.27 PM IST
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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 postive 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 hasreceived 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.

The plan is to conduct up to 15,000 antibody tests per week to check for community spread.

If anyone's antibody test turns out positive, then a PCR test would be conducted to confirm the infection,he had said.

The government is also aware that with rising cases, the easing of lockdown restrictions would be a huge challenge. More than one lakh people are expected to come to the state from abroad in June. The Chief Minister had announced that places of worship, malls and restaurants would open from June 9, but social distancing and all other protocols should be strictly followed.

Those above 65 years and children below nine would have to stay away from places of worship.
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