Kerala records 17,755 new COVID cases, TPR at 26.95 pc

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported 17,755 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, informed the health department in a press release. The test positivity rate was jumped to 26.95 per cent.

The district-wise statistics of positive cases: Thiruvananthapuram- 4,694, Ernakulam-2,637, Thrissur-1,731, Kozhikode-1,648, Kottayam-1,194, Pathanamthitta-863, Kannur-845, Palakkad-835, Kollam-831, Alappuzha-765, Malappuram-728, Idukki-417, Kasaragod-317 and Wayanad-240.

A total of 65,937 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. The local bodies have been categorised based on the weekly infection population ratio (WIPR). WIPR is above 10 in 6 wards of 5 local self-government bodies.

1,95,338 people are currently under observation in the state. Out of this,1,91,286 people are under home/institutional quarantine and 4,052 people are in hospitals. 596 people were taken to hospitals on Friday.

Among the 90,649 active Covid cases reported, only 4 per cent of patients are admitted to hospitals/field hospitals.

Along with 17 new COVID deaths, the health department also reported 89 deaths that are newly certified as Covid-19 deaths based on the revised rules. With this, the death toll climbed to 50,674 in the state.

150 of the new COVID patients were returned from outside the state. 16,488 people contracted the virus through contact. The infection source of 964 patients remains unidentified. 153 health workers also tested positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, 3,819 recoveries were also reported in the state.

The district-wise statistics of recoveries: Thiruvananthapuram-486, Kollam-141, Pathanamthitta-321, Alappuzha-208, Kottayam-303, Idukki-126, Ernakulam-757, Thrissur-201, Palakkad-186, Malappuram-123, Kozhikode-467, Wayanad-82, Kannur-302 and Kasaragod-116.

52,18,681 people were recovered from the disease so far.

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