19 new COVID-19 cases in Kerala on Tuesday: Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said that 19 new coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed in Kerala.
Among the new cases reported, 10 are from Kannur, 4 are from Palakkad, 3 are from Kasaragod and one each from Malappuram and Kollam districts.
Among the new patients in Kannur, 9 had returned from abroad while one developed the disease through contact. All three patients in Kasaragod had also returned from abroad.
One new patient each from Palakkad, Malappuram and Kollam had returned from Tamil Nadu, the CM said and added that the data showed the need to intensify checking at borders.
As many as 16 people were tested negative on Tuesday. Among them, 7 are from Kannur, 4 are from Kasaragod, 4 are from Kozhikode while 1 is from Thiruvananthapuram district.
Till date 426 people in Kerala have been infected by COVID-19 and 117 are under treatment at various hospitals.
As of Tuesday, 36,667 persons are under observation in the state. Among this 36,335 are at houses and 332 at hospitals.
On Tuesday alone, 102 persons were admitted to hospitals. So far 20,252 samples have been sent for testing out of which 19442 have turned negative, CM added.
“At present, the most number of COVID-19 patients are in Kannur district with 104,” Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The CM also explained a situation where 10 members of a house were tested positive through contact. Such incidents prompted the government to widely conduct more tests in Kannur district.
Following these steps were taken to collect samples from all NRIs, who had returned to the state between March 12 and April 22 and all their high risk contacts even if they were not showing signs of coronavirus.
Now, 53 are undergoing treatment for coronavirus in Kannur district alone. With the increase in number of coronavirus patients, all arrangements have been made to ensure that lockdown is strictly enforced. Checking has been intensified and is being held at more areas, the CM added.