108 new COVID-19 cases in Kerala on Saturday; 50 test negative

Kerala recorded 108 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

This is the second consecutive day that the state is recording over 100 COVID cases on a single day. 50 patients also recovered from the disease on Saturday, the CM said in a Facebook post.

Among the new COVID positive cases, 19 are from Kollam, 16 are from Thrissur, 12 each are from Malappuram and Kannur, 11 are from Palakkad, 10 are from Kasaragod, 9 are from Pathanamthitta, 4 each are from Alappuzha and Kozhikode, 3 each are from Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki and Ernakulam and 2 from Kottayam.

64 among the disease confirmed persons returned from abroad (UAE – 28, Kuwait – 14, Tajikistan – 13, Saudi Arabia – 4, Nigeria – 3, Oman 1, Ireland – 1).

Meanwhile, 34 returned from other states. 15 people returned from Maharashtra tested positive for COVID-19 while 5 from Tamil Nadu, 8 from Delhi, 4 from Gujarat and 1 each from Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were confirmed with the disease.

10 people contracted the disease through contact including 7 from Palakkad, 2 from Malappuram and one from Thrissur.

Out of the 50 negative cases, 30 are from Palakkad, 7 are from Kozhikode (including 6 Air India staff), 6 from Ernakulam (including 2 Kollam natives), 5 from Kannur and 1 each from Idukki and Kasaragod.

In Malappuram, Parappanangadi native Hamsakkoya (61) died at the Manjeri Medical College Hospital on Saturday taking the death toll in the state to 15.

So far, Kerala has recorded 1,807 cases out of which 1029 are undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, 1,83,097 are kept under observation with 1,81,482 in house/institutional quarantine while 1,615 in hospitals. 284 have been newly admitted to hospitals on Saturday.

A total of 3,903 samples were tested on Saturday, the CM said and added that 81,517 samples including augmented samples were sent for the test till date. Out of this 77,517 samples tested negative. Out of the 20,769 samples collected through sentinel surveillance, 19,597 tested negative. 1,07,796 samples including 5,510 repeat samples have been tested, the CM said.

The number of hotspots in the state has increased to 138 with 10 more areas declared hotspots on Saturday.

The new hotspots are Puthuppariyaram, Kannadi, Vandazhi, Vadakkencherry, Pookkottukavu, Thenkara, Pirayiri and Kollengode in Palakkad district, Neendakara in Kollam and Olavanna in Kozhikode district.

So far, 1,79,294 people returned to Kerala. Among them, 43,901 came in flights, 1,621 in ships, 1,17,232 through check posts and 16,540 in trains, the CM said.

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