Spike continues as Kerala reports record 488 COVID-19 cases on Saturday; 2 deaths
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported a record 488 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, informed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, during an online press conference here. Meanwhile, 143 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.
It is for the second consecutive day the state is recording over 400 coronavirus cases. Alarmingly 234 persons contracted the disease through contact. Kerala also reported two deaths on Saturday. Saifudheen (66) in Thiruvananthapuram and P. K. Balakrishnan (79) in Ernakulam were the two casualties.
Among the total positive cases reported on Saturday, 167 people came from abroad, 76 from other states while an alarming 234 contracted the disease through contact. Moreover, 2 ITBP, 2 BSF and 4 DSC personnel also developed the disease.
Out of the 488 positive cases, 87 were reported from Alappuzha, 69 from Thiruvananthapuram, 54 from pathanamthitta, 51 from Malappuram, 48 from Palakkad, 47 from Ernakulam, 29 from Thrissur, 19 from Kannur, 18 each from Kasaragod and Kollam, 17 from Kozhikode, 15 from Kottayam, 11 from Wayanad and 5 from Idukki.
Out of the 143 who recovered, Thiruvananthapuram reported 6 cases, Kollam – 26, Pathanamthitta -43, Alappuzha - 11, Kottayam - 6, Idukki - 4, Ernakulam – 3, Thrissur – 17, Palakkad - 7, Malappuram - 15, Kozhikode – 4 and Kannur – 1.
In the last 24 hours, 12,104 samples were tested. 1,82,050 people are under observation, out of which 3,694 are in hospitals. 570 were admitted to hospitals on Saturday. So far, 2,33,809 samples were sent for testing out of which the results of 6,449 are awaited.
As part of sentinel surveillance, 73,768 samples were collected from priority categories. Out of them 66,636 tested negative.
The number of hotspots in the state increased to 195 with 16 new areas included in the list on Saturday.