Kerala reports highest ever 86 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 1 death
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 86 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest ever in a day, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Facebook post.
One death has been reported in the state taking the total death toll to 11. The deceased was identified as Thiruvananthapuram Nalanchira native Fr. K G Varghese (77). He was undergoing treatment for severe lung ailments.
Among the new cases 15 are from Malappuram district, 10 are from Alappuzha, 9 are from Kasaragod, 8 are from Kollam, 7 are from Thiruvananthapuram (including 1 death), 6 each are from Thrissur, Kottayam and Wayanad, 5 each are from Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur, 3 from Ernakulam and 1 from Pathanamthitta district.
Out of the new cases 46 had returned from abroad (Kuwait – 21, UAE – 16, Saudi Arabia – 6, Maldives – 1, Qatar – 1, Oman – 1). 26 had returned from other states (Maharashtra – 9, Tamil Nadu – 7, Karnataka – 5, Delhi – 3, Gujarat – 1, Rajasthan – 1).
More importantly, 12 persons contracted the disease through contact (Wayanad – 6, Malappuram - 4 and 1 each from Kasaragod and Kannur districts). A health worker from Palakkad has also been tested positive.
Meanwhile, 19 persons tested negative. Out of them, 7 each are from Kottayam and Kasaragod, 2 are from Thiruvananthapuram and 1 each from Pathanamthitta, Malappuram and Kannur districts.
So far, Kerala has recorded 1,412 cases out of which 774 are undergoing treatment while 627 have recovered. Meanwhile, 1,47,010 are kept under observation with 1,45,670 in house/institutional quarantine while 1,340 in hospitals. 200 have been newly admitted to hospitals on Tuesday.
71,068 samples including augmented samples were sent for the test till date. Out of this 67,249 samples tested negative. Out of the 15,101 samples collected through sentinel surveillance, 13,908 tested negative, the CM said.
Anakkayam in Malappuram district has been declared a hotspot taking the total number of hotspots in the state to 122.
So far, 1,43,989 people have returned to the state from outside. Among them 25,832 came in flights, 1,621 in ships, 10,318 in trains and 1,06,218 through check posts.