Sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kerala with 62 on Saturday
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 62 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, its highest ever number confirmed in a day, while 3 tested negative, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said through his official Facebook account.
This is for the second consecutive day that Kerala is recording the highest number of coronavirus cases in a day, On Friday, the number was 42.
Out of the new cases, 19 are from Palakkad district, 16 are from Kannur, 8 are from Malappuram, 5 from Alappuzha, 4 each from Kozhikode and Kasaragod, 3 from Kollam, 2 from Kottayam and 1 from Wayanad.
Out of the 62 coronavirus positive cases, 18 had returned from abroad (UAE-9, Saudi Arabia -3, Kuwait – 2, Maldives – 1, Singapore – 1, Oman- 1, Qatar -1). 31 had returned from other states (Maharashtra – 13, Tamil Nadu – 12, Gujarat- 2, Karnataka – 2, Uttar Pradesh – 1, Delhi – 1).
More importantly, 13 people developed the disease through contact, out of which 7 are health workers (Palakkad – 3, Kannur -2, Kozhikode -2).
The three negative cases are from Kollam, Kottayam and Kasaragod districts.
There are 9 new hotspots in Kerala. They are: Nagalassery in Palakkad district, Chirakkal, Maloor, Kannur Corporation, Payyannur municipality, Chembilode, Ayyankunnu and Kottayam-Malabar in Kannur district and Koruthodu in Kottayam district.
With this the total number of hotspots in the state increased to 37.
Till date 794 persons have been confirmed with the disease out of which 275 are under treatment while 515 have recovered.
At present, 91,084 persons are kept under isolation in the state – 90,416 in home or institutional quarantines and 668 in hospitals. As many as 182 persons were admitted to hospitals on Saturday.
Kerala has tested 52,771 samples (including augmented samples) till date out of which 51,045 have tested negative. Also out of the 7,672 samples tested as part of sentinel surveillance, 7,147 samples tested negative. As many as 2026 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
So far, 88,640 people have returned to the state. Among them 7,303 returned in flights, 1,621 in ships, 3,108 in trains while 76,608 returned through check posts.