Kerala recorded 6,815 new COVID-19 cases and 7,364 recoveries on Wednesday. The new cases were detected after testing 61,532 in the last 24 hours.
With this, the test positivity rate rose to 11.08 in the state.
Of the new cases, 6,219 had contracted the virus through contact while 91 had come from outside the state. Among the contact cases, the source of infection of 447 is yet to be traced.
With this, the number of active cases in the state reached 69,691.
The state has reported 863,599 COVID-19 infections so far. Of this, 7,90,757 made recovery.
Eighteen COVID deaths too were confirmed. With this, COVID death toll rose to 3,524.
Though more deaths were reported, the state is yet to ascertain them as COVID deaths. Tests are underway at the National Institute of Virology in Alappuzha.
Here's the break-up of today's positive cases:
Ernakulam - 1031 (contact cases - 977)
Kozhikode - 770 (729)
Kottayam - 704 (670)
Pathanamthitta - 654 (586)
Kollam - 639 (626)
Malappuram - 537 (517)
Thrissur - 441 (430)
Alappuzha - 422 (413)
Thiruvananthapuram - 377 (251)
Idukki - 336 (322)
Wayanad - 322 (297)
Kannur - 281 (216)
Palakkad - 237 (126)
Kasaragod - 64 (59)
Thiruvananthapuram - 375
Kollam - 2,303
Pathanamthitta - 1,041
Alappuzha - 264
Kottayam - 314
Idukki - 77
Ernakulam - 803
Thrissur - 442
Palakkad - 199
Malappuram - 540
Kozhikode - 510
Wayanad - 192
Kannur - 242
Kasaragod - 62
Fifty-eight health workers too contracted the virus on the day. They include
They include 10 in Kannur, 9 in Kozhikode, 8 in Ernakulam, 7 in Pathanamthitta, 5 each in Kollam and Wayanad, 4 in Palakkad, 3 in Thrissur, 2 each in Thiruvananthapuram and Idukki, 1 each in Alappuzha, Malappuram, and Kasaragod.
Testing and Quarantine
Till Wednesday, 90,81,931 samples (including routine, airport surveillance, pooled sentinel, CBNAAT, TrueNAT, CLIA and antigen assay) were sent for testing.
A total of 2,09,118 people are under observation across the state. Of them, 1,97,656 are under home or institutional quarantine while 11,462 are in hospital. A total of 1,460 people were admitted in hospitals on Wednesday.
No new hotspots were added to the list on the day while 5 were removed. The total number of hotspots is at 405 in the state now.