Covid cases surges in Kerala for second consecutive day; masks mandatory in flights

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Ernakulam: The number of daily Covid cases has crossed 2,000 for the second consecutive day in Kerala. Ernakulam is in an alarming situation as most of the cases are reported in the district. Out of the five deaths, one was confirmed in Ernakulam.

As many as 589 new patients out of 2,193 in the state were from Ernakulam. The number of active cases in Ernakulam hit 2,500. The health workers pointed out that the laxity of the people to strictly follow the Covid protocols has increased the pandemic threat in Kerala.

National-level surge in Covid cases

India witnessed a sudden leap in the Covid cases with 7,240 new cases confirmed within the last 24 hours. A 40 per cent increase has been spotted in the daily cases.

32,498 patients are under treatment and the total number of death cases turned 5,24,723 with eight deaths in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate stands at 1.62 per cent.

Currently, most of the cases are reported in Maharashtra and Kerala. 2,701 and 2,271 new cases were disclosed in Maharashtra and Kerala respectively on the previous day.

The Director-General of Civil Aviation has directed the airline companies to not allow passengers who refuse to wear masks to travel on flights. The guidelines released on Wednesday recommend imposing a fine on the travellers violating the protocols with the help of security officials and police.

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