12 new COVID-19 cases in Kerala on Thursday: Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said that 12 new coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed in Kerala. He was speaking to the media after the coronavirus evaluation meeting here.
Out of the 12 positive cases confirmed on Thursday, 4 are from Kannur, 4 are from Kasaragod, 2 are from Malappuram while one each are from Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts.
While only one out of the 12 new cases had returned from abroad, 11 developed the disease through contact.
The CM also reminded everyone of Good Friday and Jesus’s message of helping people suffering from ailments. He added that 100 days have passed since COVID-19 was reported in Kerala.
8 foreigners, who had been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in Kerala have been completely cured, CM added. The first COVID-19 case of a foreigner in the state was reported on March 23.
13 persons tested negative on Thursday. Among them, 6 are from Ernakulam, 3 are from Kannur while 2 each are from Idukki and Malappuram districts.
Till date 357 people in Kerala have been infected by COVID-19 and 258 are under treatment at various hospitals.
As on Thursday, 1,36,195 persons are under observation in the state. Among this 1,35,472 are at houses and 723 at hospitals.
On Thursday alone, 153 persons were admitted to hospitals. So far 12,710 samples have been sent for testing out of which 11,469 have turned negative, CM added.
Pinarayi Vijayan added that 7.5 percent of the people undergoing treatment in the state are above 60-years-old. People below the age of 20 are 6.9 percent.
The state government has decided to increase test facilities and four new labs will be established in the next four days, the CM said. The aim is to create one lab for each district, he added.
The government will also issue an order allowing people to conduct tests in private labs.