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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported a record 272 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday while 111 recovered from the virus, informed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a virtual press conference.
The state has been recording over 100 virus cases for the last 19 days.
Out of the total 272 people tested positive, 157 had returned from abroad while 38 returned from other states. 68 contracted the disease through contact. The sources of 15 among them have not been identified.
Seven among those tested positive on Tuesday are health workers. Moreover, 1 CISF and 1 DSC officer have tested positive for COVID-19.
Malappuram district recorded the highest number on Tuesday with 63 positive cases. There are 54 cases in Thiruvananthapuram, 29 in Palakkad, 21 in Ernakulam, 19 in Kannur, 18 in Alappuzha, 15 in Kozhikode, 13 in Kasaragod, 12 in Pathanamthitta, 1 in Kollam, 10 in Thrissur, 3 each in Kottayam and Wayanad and 1 in Idukki.
Out of the 111 patients who tested negative, 7 are from Thiruvananthapuram, 6 are from Kollam, 19 are from Pathanamthitta, 4 are from Alappuzha, 1 each are from Kottayam and Idukki, 20 are from Ernakulam, 6 are from Thrissur, 23 are from Palakkad, 10 are from Malappuram, 6 are from Kozhikode, 3 are from Wayanad and 9 are from Kannur.
1,86,576 people are under observation in the state, out of which 3,034 are in hospitals. 378 people were taken to the hospitals on Tuesday. 7,516 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in Kerala, the CM said.
There are 18 new hotspots in Kerala taking the total number to 169.