COVID-19 spike continues as Kerala reports record 240 cases on Saturday


It is for the second consecutive day that Kerala is recording over 200 coronavirus cases.The only relief is that Kerala has recorded the most recoveries on Saturday with 209.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 240 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday while 209 recovered from the virus, informed Health Minister K. K. Shailaja in an official press release.

It is for the second consecutive day that Kerala is recording over 200 coronavirus cases. The state has been recording over 100 virus cases for the last 16 days. The only relief is that Kerala has recorded the most recoveries on Saturday with 209.

Malappuram recorded the highest number with 37 positive cases, followed by Kannur – 35, Palakakd – 29, Pathanamthita – 22, Alappuzha - 20, Thrissur- 20, Thiruvananthapuram - 16, Kollam -16, Kasaragod – 14, Ernakulam – 13, Kozhikode – 8, Kottayam – 6, Idukki – 2 and Wayanad – 2.

Out of the total 240 people tested positive on Saturday, 152 had returned from abroad. They include 52 from Saudi Arabia, 42 from UAE, 32 from Kuwait, 11 from Oman, 10 from Qatar and 1 each from Mozambique, Moldova, Nigeria, South Africa and Ivory Coast.

Meanwhile, 52 returned from other states. They include 20 from Karnataka, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 7 from Maharashtra, 6 from Delhi, 5 from Telangana and 1 each from Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

17 people contracted the disease through contact. They include 5 from Ernakulam, 4 from Thiruvananthapuram, 3 from Thrissur, 2 each from Kollam and Alappuzha and 1 from Malappuram. Moreover, 11 DSC officers and 4 CISF officers in Kannur and 4 BSF officers in Thrissur have developed the disease.

Out of the 209 patients who tested negative, 44 are from Palakkad, 38 are from Kollam, 36 are from Alappuzha, 20 are from Pathanamthitta, 16 are from Kannur (including 1 Malappuram and 1 Kozhikode natives), 15 are from Thiruvananthapuram (including 3 Kollam natives and 1 Malappuram native), 10 are from Thrissur, 9 are from Kottayam, 7 are from Ernakulam, 6 each are from Malappuram (including 1 Kottayam native) and Kasaragod and 2 are from Idukki.

At present 2,129 people are undergoing treatment in the state while 3,038 have recovered. 1,77,759 people are under observation in the state, out of which 1,74,844 are in home/institutional quarantine while 2,915 are in hospitals. 367 people were taken to the hospitals on Saturday while 10,295 were removed from observation.

7,219 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in Kerala. So far 2,60,011 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 5,092 samples are awaited. As part of sentinel surveillance, 56,226 samples have been collected from high priority categories. Out of them, 53,692 samples tested negative.

There are currently 135 hotspots in the state, she added.

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