9 new COVID-19 cases in Kerala: Chief Minister
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minster Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said that 9 new coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed in Kerala. He was speaking to media after the coronavirus evaluation meet.
Seven from Kasaragod, one each from Thrissur and Kannur have tested positive on Friday. Out of the nine new cases, three were attendees of Tablighi Jamaat congregation in in Nizamuddin area in New Delhi, he added.
Till date 295 people in Kerala have been affected by COVID-19 and 251 are under treatment at various hospitals.
CM also said that 14 persons who were under treatment have recovered and discharged from hospitals.
5 from Kannur, 3 from Kasaragod, 2 each from Idukki and Kozhikode, 1 each from Pathanamthitta and Kottayam have recovered. Also the aged couple from Ranni who recovered from COVID-19 was discharged on Friday. This shows the efficiency of Kerala health sector, CM said.
As on Friday, 1,69,997 persons are under observation in the state. Among this 1,69,291 are at houses and 706 at hospitals. On Friday alone, 154 persons were admitted to hospitals. 9131 samples have been sent for testing out of which 8126 have turned negative, CM added.
Pinarayi Vijayan also said that government has decided to widen the extent of testing. At present samples are collected from people who show three to four symptoms as said by WHO. But from now on, those with one or two symptoms will also be instructed for testing. Rapid testing system will be put to use, he added.