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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported a record 141 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while addressing the media after a coronavirus review meeting here.
This is the highest ever cases reported within 24 hours in the state and it is for the fifth consecutive day that the state is reporting a record number of cases in a single day. More importantly, all of them have been in triple digits.
On Friday, the number was 118. It increased to 127 on Saturday and 133 on Sunday. On Monday it rose to 138. The CM said that the coronavirus situation in the state is becoming critical.
The CM condoled the death of Kollam Mayyanad native Vasanthakumar (68) who died of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Vasanthkumar had returned from Nizamuddin in Delhi on June 10 and had been remaining in quarantine. After he displayed symptoms of fever, his samples were tested and COVID-19 was confirmed on June 17.
60 persons tested negative for coronavirus, the CM said and added that there were many asymptomatic coronavirus cases where patients do not show symptoms of the disease.
Out of the 141 cases today, Pathanamthitta and Palakkad districts have the highest number of cases with 27 each. There are 19 new cases in Alappuzha, 14 in Thrissur, 13 in Ernakulam, 11 in Malappuram, 8 in Kottayam, 6 each in Kozhikode and Kannur, 4 each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam and 2 in Wayanad.
Out of the 138 people who tested positive today, 79 returned from abroad. Meanwhile, 52 people came from other states (Maharashtra – 9, Tamil Nadu – 14, Delhi – 16, West Bengal – 2, Uttar Pradesh – 2, Karnataka – 2, Andhra Pradesh – 2, Haryana – 2, Madhya Pradesh – 1, Himachal Pradesh – 1, Meghalaya - 1).
Nine persons contracted the disease through contact. One health worker also contracted the virus through contact.
Out of the 60 persons who tested negative, 15 are from Malappuram, 12 are from Kottayam, 10 are from Thrissur, 6 each are from Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta, 4 are from Kollam, 3 each are from Thiruvananthapuram and Wayanad while 1 is from Kannur.
So far, 3,451 persons tested positive for the virus out of which 1,620 are currently undergoing the treatment in the state. 1,50,196 are under observation in the state out of which 2,206 are in hospitals. 275 were admitted to hospitals on Tuesday.
As many as 4,473 samples were tested on Tuesday. As of today, 1,44,903 samples were sent for testing out of which the results of 3,661 samples are awaited. As part of sentinel surveillance, 39,518 samples were collected until Tuesday. Out of this, 38,551 came out negative.
Several districts have over 100 coronavirus patients each. Malappuram – 201, Palakkad – 154, Kollam – 150, Ernakulam – 127, Pathanamthitta – 126, Kannur – 120, Thrissur – 113, Kozhikode – 107 and Kasaragod – 102, the CM said.
There are 111 hotpsots in Kerala as on Tuesday.