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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported a record 152 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while addressing the media after a coronavirus review meeting here.
This is the highest ever cases reported within 24 hours in the state and it is for the first time that the number has crossed the 150 mark. More importantly, it is for the sixth consecutive day that the state is reporting a record number of cases in a single day. All of them have been in triple digits.
On Friday, the number was 118. It increased to 127 on Saturday and 133 on Sunday. On Monday it rose to 138 while on Tuesday it again increased to 141.
81 persons tested negative for the virus, the CM said and added that 8 persons contracted the disease through contact.
Out of the 152 cases today, Pathanamthitta district has the highest number of cases with 25. There are 18 new cases in Kollam, 17 in Kannur, 16 in Palakkad, 15 in Thrissur, 15 in Alappuzha, 10 in Malappuram, 8 in Ernakulam, 7 in Kottayam, 6 in Idukki, 6 in Kasaragod, 4 in Thiruvananthapuram, 3 in Kozhikode and 2 in Wayanad.
Out of the 152 people who tested positive today, 98 returned from abroad. Meanwhile, 46 people came from other states (Delhi – 15, West Bengal – 12, Maharashtra – 5, Tamil Nadu – 5, Karnataka – 4, Andhra Pradesh – 3, Gujarat – 1, Goa - 1).
Out of the 81 persons who tested negative, 35 are from Kozhikode, 13 are from Alappuzha, 10 are from Kannur, 7 are from Malappuram, 4 each are from Thrissur and Ernakulam, 3 are from Kottayam, 2 are from Idukki while 1 each are from Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Palakkad.
So far, 3,603 persons tested positive for the virus out of which 1,691 are currently undergoing the treatment in the state. 1,54,759 are under observation in the state out of which 2,282 are in hospitals. 288 were admitted to hospitals on Wednesday.
As of today, 1,48,827 samples were sent for testing out of which the results of 4,005 samples are awaited. As part of sentinel surveillance, 40,537 samples were collected until Wednesday. Out of this, 39,113 came out negative.
There are 111 hotpsots in Kerala as on Wednesday.