Kerala reports 339 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 149 recovered
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported 339 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, informed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during his press conference here. Meanwhile, 149 patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours in the state. The CM was addressing the media after the daily COVID review meeting here.
Among the total positive cases reported on Thursday, 117 people came from abroad, 74 from other states and 133 contracted the disease through contact. The source of seven cases who contracted the virus through contact could not be traced.
Out of the 339 positive cases, 95 are reported from Thiruvananthapuram, 55 from Malappuram, 50 from Palakkad, 27 from Thrissur, 22 from Alappuzha, 20 from Idukki, 12 from Ernakulam, 11 from Kasaragod, 10 from Kollam, 7 each from Kottayam, Wayanad and Pathanamthitta, 8 each from Kozhikode and Kannur.
Out of the 149 recovery cases, Thiruvananthapuram reported 9 cases, Kollam 10, Pathanamthitta 7, Alappuzha 7, Kottayam 8, Idukki 8, Kannur 16, Ernakulam 15 Thrissur 29, Palakkad 17, Malappuram 6, Kozhikode 1, Wayanad 3 and Kasaragod 13.
The first super spreading happened in Poonthura. As per the latest report of WHO, the possibility of disease transmission has increased drastically. There are 181 hotspots currently in the state.
In the last 24 hours, 12,592 samples were sent for testing. So far, 6,534 people have tested positive for the virus. 2,795 are undergoing treatment in the state. 1,85,960 people are under observation, out of which 3261 are in hospitals. 471 were admitted in hospitals on Thursday. 2,20,627 samples have been sent for testing so far in the state. The results of 4,854 samples are awaited.
As part of sentinel surveillance, 66,934 samples were collected from the priority category. 63,199 results came out negative. The rate of testing is being gradually increased in the state. 3,07,219 people have been tested as part of routine, sentinel, pooled sentinel, CB Nat and Truenat testing.
Warning that the state is slowly moving towards community transmission, the chief minister urged people not to step out of their houses or to interact with others unless it is really important. Large gatherings should not be encouraged in the state as it is very important for the safety of the public and to prevent disease transmission.
The rate of disease transmission is really high in closed air spaces. So the public should make sure that they stay in open air spaces or in rooms with sufficient ventilation as much as possible.