In the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases, Kerala confirms 111 positive cases today. Air correspondent reports, the total active Covid cases in the State rose to 973. 22 people recovered from the disease today.
Addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed the situation in Kerala as “challenging.”
Of the 111 fresh Covid cases , 98 people came from abroad and other States and ten cases are through contact, including 3 health workers. Mr Vijayan said the rising number of cases points to the need to practice social distancing norms more rigorously despite the lockdown relaxations.
The Chief Minister also said that religious places, shopping malls and restaurants can start functioning from next week as per Center’s guidelines following strict Covid protocols.However, people aged above 65 and children below 10 years should stay at home.
He further said that there will rise of Covid cases in coming days with over 1 lakh returnees expected from abroad and as part of precaution the surveillance will be strengthened and more antibody tests will be conducted in the State.