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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 160 new COVID-19 cases within 24 hours on Thursday while 202 people have recovered from the disease, Health Minister K. K. Shailaja said in an official press release.
This is the highest number of coronavirus recoveries recorded in the state in 24 hours. However, Kerala continued to record over 100 virus cases for the 14th consecutive day.
Out of the 160 positive cases, Pathanamthtta has the highest number with 27 followed by Malappuram with 24. There are 18 new cases in Palakkad, 16 in Alappuzha, 9 each in Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Thrissur and Kannur, 8 in Idukki, 7 in Kozhikode, 5 in Kasaragod and 1 in Wayanad.
Out of the 160 cases, 106 came from abroad. This included 27 from UAE, 21 from Kuwait, 21 from Oman, 16 from Qatar, 15 from Saudi Arabia, 4 from Bahrain and 1 each from Moldova and Ivory Coast.
Meanwhile, 40 people came from other states. This included 13 from Delhi, 10 from Maharashtra, 8 from Tamil Nadu, 6 from Karnataka and 1 each from Punjab, Gujarat and West Bengal.
14 persons contracted the virus through contact. They include 5 from Alappuzha, 4 each from Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam and 1 from Kottayam.
Out of the 202 patients who recovered from the disease, 57 are from Malappuram (including 1 Palakkad native), 53 are from Palakkad, 23 are from Kasaragod, 15 are from Thiruvananthapuram, 14 are from Kannur (8 Kasaragod natives), 13 are from Idukki, 11 are from Ernakulam (1 Alappuzha native), 8 are from Thrissur, 7 are from Alappuzha and 1 is from Kottayam.
There are 2,088 active COVID-19 cases in the state at present while 2,638 have recovered from the virus. Currently 1,78,099 people are under observation in the state. Among them, 1,75,111 people are under home/institutional quarantine while 2,988 are in hospitals. 403 people were admitted to hospitals on Thursday while 18,790 were removed from observation.
The number of tests being conducted has increased. 7,589 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 2,46,799 samples were sent for testing including routine, augmented, sentinel, pooled sentinel, CB NAT and TrueNat samples. The results of 4,722 samples are awaited. Also, 52,316 samples were collected as part of sentinel survey among frontline workers. Out of this, 50,002 came out negative.