Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala confirmed 97 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday while 89 tested negative, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He was addressing the media after a coronavirus review meeting here.
Pinarayi Vijayan started the press conference by remembering social reformer Ayyankali on his death anniversary.
The CM condoled the death of Padiyoor native Sunil Kumar, a 28-year-old excise staff in Kannur district who died of COVID-19 on Thursday morning. With this, the death toll in the state rose to 21.
Out of the 97 new cases, 14 are from Palakkad district, 13 are from Kollam, 11 are from Kottayam, 11 are from Pathanamthitta, 9 are from Alappuzha, 6 each are from Ernakulam, Thrissur and Idukki, 5 each are from Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, 4 each are from Malappuram and Kannur while 3 are from Kasaragod.
65 of the 97 cases had returned from abroad while 29 had returned from other states (Maharashtra – 12, Tamil Nadu - 5, Delhi – 7, Haryana -2, Gujarat -2, Odisha - 1). 3 persons contracted the virus through contact, the CM said.
The 89 persons who tested negative on Thursday include 9 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 8 from Kollam, 3 from Pathanamthitta, 10 from Alappuzha, 2 from Kottayam, 4 from Ernakulam, 22 from Thrissur, 11 from Palakkad, 2 from Malappuram, 1 from Kozhikode, 4 from Kannur, 2 from Wayanad and 11 from Kasaragod.
Till date, 2,794 persons tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala. At present, there are 1,358 active coronavirus cases in the state.
As many as 1,26,839 persons are kept under observation out of which 1,24,872 are in home/institutional quarantine while 1,967 are in hospitals. 190 persons were admitted to hospitals on Thursday, the CM said.
A total of 4,817 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, the CM said and added that 1,69,035 samples including augmented samples were sent for the test till date. Out of this, 3,194 results are awaited.
Out of the 35,032 samples collected through sentinel surveillance 33,386 tested negative. The number of hotspots in the state decreased to 108, the CM added.