Kerala records highest ever 118 COVID-19 cases on Friday

96 tested negative for COVID-19 while 6 persons contracted the virus through contact.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala confirmed 118 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest ever recorded by the state in a single day. Meanwhile, 96 persons tested negative for the virus, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in an official press release.

Out of the 118 new cases, 18 are from Malappuram district, 17 are from Kollam, 13 are from Alappuzha, 11 are from Ernakulam, 10 are from Palakkad, 9 are from Pathanamthitta, 8 each are from Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram, 7 are from Kottayam, 6 are from Kozhikode, 4 each are from Wayanad and Kasaragod, 2 are from Idukki while 1 is from Thrissur.

67 of the 118 cases had returned from abroad (Kuwait – 35, UAE – 14, Saudi Arabia – 10, Oman – 3, Russia – 2, Qatar – 1, Tajikistan – 1, Kazakhstan - 1), while 45 had returned from other states (Maharashtra – 16, Tamil Nadu - 8, Delhi – 9, Karnataka – 5, Assam – 2, Haryana -2, Andhra Pradesh – 2, Telangana - 1). 6 persons contracted the virus through contact including 3 from Thiruvananthapuram district and 1 each from Kannur, Kottayam and Wayanad.

The 96 persons who tested negative on Friday include 21 from Kannur district (including 1 Kasaragod native), 15 from Malappuram (including 1 Palakkad native), 14 each from Kollam and Palakkad (including 1 Malappuram and 1 Thrissur native), 12 from Thrissur, 7 from Kottayam (including 1 Thiruvananthapuram native) 4 from Alappuzha and 3 each from Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kasaragod.

At present, there are 1,380 active coronavirus cases in the state while 1,509 have recovered. As many as 1,32,569 persons are kept under observation out of which 1,30,655 are in home/institutional quarantine while 1,914 are in hospitals. 197 persons were admitted to hospitals on Friday, the CM said.

A total of 4,889 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, the CM said and added that 1,30,358 samples including augmented samples were sent for the test till date. Out of this, 3,186 results are awaited. Out of the 36,051 samples collected through sentinel surveillance 34,416 tested negative. In all, 1,73,729 samples were sent for testing

The number of hotspots in the state increased to 112.

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