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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported a record 301 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday while 90 among them contracted the virus through contact, informed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a virtual press conference.
It is for the first time that Kerala is recording over 300 virus cases in a single day. The state has been recording over 100 virus cases for the last 20 days.
Thiruvananthapuram district recorded the highest number on Wednesday with 64 positive cases. There are 46 cases in Malappuram, 25 each in Thrissur and Palakkad, 22 in Kannur, 20 in Idukki, 18 in Alappuzha, 17 in Kottayam, 16 in Ernakulam, 15 in Kozhikode, 14 in Wayanad, 8 n Kollam, 7 in Pathanamthitta and 4 in Kasaragod.
Out of the total 301 people who tested positive, 99 had returned from abroad. They included 34 from Saudi Arabia, 24 from UAE, 19 from Kuwait, 13 from Qatar, 6 from Oman, 2 from Bahrain and 1 from Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile 95 returned from other states. They include 25 from Karnataka, 21 from Tamil Nadu, 16 from West Bengal, 12 from Maharashtra, 11 from Delhi, 3 each from Telangana and Gujarat, 2 from Chhattisgarh and 1 each are from Assam and Jammu and Kashmir.
Alarmingly, 90 contracted the disease through contact. They include 60 from Thiruvananthapuram, 9 from Ernakulam, 7 from Malappuram, 5 from Kozhikode, 3 from Alappuzha, 2 each from Pathanamthitta and Kottayam and 1 each from Kollam and Idukki.
Three health workers (2 from Kottayam and 1 from Idukki) also developed the disease. Moreover, 9 BSF personnel Thrissur, 1 CISF and 1 DSC personnel in Kannur and 3 ITBP officers in Alappuzha also tested positive for COVID-19.
The follow up sample test result of Kollam native Manoj, who died after returning from Dubai, held at the ICMR lab (NIV – Alappuzha) came out negative.
107 people tested negative for the virus on Wednesday including 23 from Kollam, 16 from Alappuzha, 13 from Ernakulam (including 1 Kannur native), 11 each from Thrissur and Malappuram, 9 from Palakkad, 7 each from Kozhikode (including 1 Malappuram native) and Kasaragod, 6 from Thiruvananthapuram (including 1 Pathanamthitta native), 3 from Pathanamthitta and 1 from Kannur.
At present, 1,85,546 people are under observation in the state, out of which 1,82,409 are in home/institutional quarantine while 3,137 are in hospitals. 421 people were taken to the hospitals on Wednesday.
The number of tests has been increased with 11,250 samples being tested in the last 24 hours.
So far 2,96,183 samples have been collected in the state as part of routine, sentinel, pooled sentinel, CB NAAT and True Nat testing. Out of them the result of 4,754 samples are awaited. As part of sentinel surveillance, 65,101 samples have been collected from high priority categories. Out of them, 60,898 samples tested negative.
There are 169 hotspots in Kerala.