Kerala records 9,016 new COVID-19 cases, 7,991 recoveries on Saturday

Kerala records 9,016 new COVID-19 cases, 7,991 recoveries on Saturday
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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's COVID-19 case count reached 3,34,228 on Saturday, with the state reporting 9,016 fresh cases. The state also registered 7,991 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate is 17.32%.

So far, 96,004 people recovered from the disease, while 2,36,989 patients are still under treatment in various hospitals across the state, Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja said in a statement.

Local transmission of COVID-19 continues unabated as 7,464 of the newly reported cases contracted the virus through contact. Of this, the infection sources of 1,321 are unknown.

Apart from this, 104 healthcare workers (Kottayam - 23, Thrissur and Malappuram - 15 each, Kannur - 13, Kozhikode - 8, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod - 6 each, Palakkad - 5, Kollam - 3, Wayanad - 2, Alappuzha and Ernakulam - 1 each) also contracted the virus.

The minister also confirmed 26 more deaths on Saturday. The official death toll now stands at 1,139.

District-wise break-up of today's positive cases:

Malappura - 1,519 (1,445 contact cases)

Thrissur - 1,109 (1,079)

Ernakulam - 1,022 (525)

Kozhikode - 926 (888)

Thiruvananthapuram - 848 (576)

Palakkad - 688 (383)

Kollam - 656 (651)

Alappuzha - 629 (604)

Kannur - 464 (328)

Kottayam - 411 (358)

Kasaragod - 280 (270)

Pathanamthitta - 203 (153)

Idukki -140 (87)

Wayanad - 121 (117)

District-wise break-up of recoveries:

Thiruvananthapuram - 860

Kollam - 718

Pathanamthitta - 302

Alappuzha - 529

Kottayam - 217

Idukki - 63

Ernakulam - 941

Thrissur - 1,227

Palakkad - 343

malappuram - 513

Kozhikode - 1,057

Wayanad - 144

Kannur - 561

Kasaragod - 516

Testing and quarantine

In the last 24 hours, 52,067 samples have been tested, a health department statement said on Saturday.

In total, 38,80,795 samples (including routine, airport surveillance, pooled sentinel, CBNAAT, TrueNAT, CLIA and antigen assay) were sent for testing.

Of the 2,76,900 people under observation for suspected infection, 2,51,935 are home/institutional quarantined and 24,965 hospitalised. As many as 2,971 people were hospitalised since Friday.

Eight new places were designated as hotspots on Saturday, while 18 regions were excluded from the list. The state presently has 633 hotspots.

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