26 COVID-19 cases in Kerala on Thursday; 3 test negative: Pinarayi Vijayan

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Among the positive cases, 10 are from Kasaragod district, 5 from Malappuram district, 3 each from Wayanad and Palakkad, 2 from Kannur, and one each from Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Kozhikode districts.

Thiruvananthapuram: 26 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state on Thursday while three persons tested negative, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while addressing the media after a COVID review meeting here.

Among the positive cases, 10 are from Kasaragod district, 5 from Malappuram district, 3 each from Wayanad and Palakkad, 2 from Kannur and one each from Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Kozhikode districts, he explained.

Meanwhile, two patients undergoing treatment at Kollam and one in Kannur have tested negative, the CM said.

Out of the 26 new patients, two are health workers from Kasaragod and one is a police officer in Wayanad, he added.

14 had returned from outside the state with seven among them returning from abroad. Among those who returned from other parts of the country, two were from Chennai, four were from Mumbai and one was from Bengaluru, the CM said.

Among the 26 new cases, 11 had contracted the disease through contact. 7 patients in Kasaragod, three in Wayanad and one in Palakkad had developed the infection through contact. The patient in Idukki, tested positive during sentinel surveillance, the CM said.

“For the last few days, the number of new coronavirus cases were in single digits. Yesterday it rose to 10 and today it is 26. This shows the gravity of the danger we are facing. But we are confident of facing and overcoming this crisis. The public and government will face this pandemic will all their might,” the CM said.

Till date 560 persons have tested positive for the disease and 64 are under treatment. 493 people have recovered. There are a total of 36,910 people under observation in the state with 36,362 in houses and 548 in hospitals, the CM added.

174 people were admitted to hospitals on Thursday. So far, 40,692 samples were sent to the labs for testing out of which 39,619 have been confirmed as negative, he said.

As part of sentinel surveillance, 4,347 samples from priority groups including health workers and other state labourers were sent for testing out of which 4,249 results came out negative, Pinarayi Vijayan said.

The number of hotspots in the state has reduced to 15. Seven among them are in Wayand district while three each are in Kannur and Kasaragod. One each are in Kottayam and Thrissur, the CM said.

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