COVID-19: Kerala records 65 cases on Wednesday; death toll hits 17
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 65 new cases of COVID-19 while 57 patients recovered from the disease on Wednesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press release.
Thrissur Engandiyur native Kumaran (87), who died on June 7, has been confirmed as a coronavirus death. Kumaran’s samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Alappuzha and they came out positive. With this, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state rose to 17.
Out of the 65 COVID-19 positive cases, 10 are from Kozhikode district, 9 are form Thrissur (including 1 death), 7 are from Malappuram, 6 each are from Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad, 4 each are from Kollam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Wayanad and Kannur, 3 each are from Pathanamthitta and Kottayam while 1 is from Alappuzha district.
34 out of the disease confirmed persons returned from abroad (UAE – 22, Kuwait – 4, Oman – 3, Nigeria – 2, Russia – 2, Saudi Arabia – 1). Meanwhile, 25 who returned from other states (9 each are from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, 3 from Delhi, 1 each from Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh) were confirmed with the disease.
5 persons contracted the disease through contact. Among them, 2 each are from Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram while one is from Kozhikode.
Out of the 57 negative cases, 13 are from Kannur district, 11 are from Kasaragod, 7 are from Alappuzha, 6 each are form Pathanamthitta and Wayanad, 4 are from Kollam, 3 each are from Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, 2 each are from Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.
At present, there are 1,238 active coronavirus cases in the state while 905 recovered. 2,10,592 persons are kept under observation with 2,08,748 in house/institutional quarantine while 1,844 in hospitals. 206 have been newly admitted to hospitals on Wednesday.
A total of 4,689 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, the CM said and added that 98,304 samples including augmented samples were sent for the test till date. Out of this 93,475 samples tested negative. Out of the 24,508 samples collected through sentinel surveillance, 22,950 tested negative. 1,31,006 samples including 6,364 repeat samples have been tested, the CM said.
The number of hotspots in the state has increased to 163 with 5 more areas declared hotspots on Wednesday. The new hotspots are Athavanad in Malappuram district, Aymanam, Madappally and Edayarikkapuzha in Kottayam and Valiyaparamba in Kasaragod district.
So far, 2,07,194 persons have returned to Kerala. Among them, 53,545 came in flights, 1,621 in ships, 1,28,732 through check posts and 23,296 in trains, the CM said.