Kerala records highest ever number of 42 new COVID-19 cases on Friday
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 42 COVID-19 cases on Friday, its highest ever number confirmed in a day, while two tested negative, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while addressing the media after a coronavirus review meeting here.
Out of the new cases, 12 are from Kannur district, 7 are from Kasaragod, 5 each are from Palakkad and Kozhikode, 4 each are from Thrissur and Malappuram, two are from Kottayam while one each are from Pathanamthitta, Wayanad and Kollam districts.
Out of the 42 coronavirus positive cases, 21 had returned from Maharashtra while one each had returned from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. 17 had returned from abroad. Two persons developed the disease through contact - one form Kannur and another from Kozhikode, who is a health worker.
Till date 732 persons have been confirmed with the disease out of which 216 are under treatment while 512 have recovered.
At present, 84,258 persons are kept under isolation in the state – 83,649 in home or institutional quarantines and 609 in hospitals. As many as 162 persons were admitted to hospitals on Friday.
Kerala has tested 51,310 samples (including augmented samples) till date out of which 49,535 have tested negative. Also out of the 7,072 samples tested as part of sentinel surveillance, 6,630 samples tested negative.
Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of Kadeejakutty, who died of coronavirus in Thrissur.
So far, 91,344 had returned to the state through land, air and water transport. Among them 2,961 were pregnant women, 1,618 senior citizens and 805 children. 82,299 people returned to Kerala from other states.
9,367 persons returned to Kerala in 43 flights. Among them, 157 are undergoing quarantine in hospitals. There are 28 hotspots in the state, the CM said.