COVID-19: 26,685 new cases in Kerala on Saturday, active cases near 2L

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 26,685 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the total cases to 13,77,186.

As many as 7,067 people were cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 11,73,202.

The active cases touched 1,98,576, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said during his customary sunset briefing.

In the last 24 hours, 1,31,155 samples were tested and the test positivity rate was 20.35 per cent.

With 25 deaths being reported on Saturday the state's death toll has risen to 5080.

Of the positive cases, 73 were health workers, while 259 had come from outside the state and 24,596 infected through contact. The source of infection of 1,757 among them is unknown.

No UK returnee has tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours.

Key points from the CM's press meet:

• 25% beds in hospitals must be set aside for COVID patients

• Ventilator facilities must be kept ready and any pending repairs must be done immediately. ICU beds must be allotted to patients in serious condition. All ambulances must work in unity.

• Treatment must be ensured to non-COVID patients. No hospital must charge more than what the government has ordered.

• Efforts have been taken to ensure proper treatment for pregnant women in Kozhikode. New labour room will be set up.

• The police has registered cases against 22,703 people for not wearing masks.

District-wise breakup of today's positive cases:

Kozhikode- 3767 (3706 contact cases)

Ernakulam- 3320 (3265)

Malappuram- 2745 (2634)

Thrissur- 2584 (2550)

Thiruvananthapuram- 2383 (1957)

Kottayam- 2062 (1835)

Kannur- 1755 (1548)

Alappuzha- 1750 (1747)

Palakkad- 1512 (690)

Kollam- 1255 (1247)

Pathanamthitta- 933 (857)

Kasaragod- 908 (880)

Wayanad- 873 (860)

Idukki- 838 (820)

District-wise breakup of recoveries:

Thiruvananthapuram- 794

Kollam- 406

Pathanamthitta- 278

Alappuzha- 583

Kottayam- 694

Idukki- 96

Ernakulam- 821

Thrissur- 684

Palakkad- 372

Malappuram- 540

Kozhikode- 858

Wayanad- 127

Kannur- 595

Kasaragod- 219

Testing and quarantine

A total of 4,31,587 people are under observation in various districts. Of these, 4,13,172 are under home or institutional quarantine and 18,415 are in hospitals.

3,476 people were admitted in hospitals on Saturday.

So far, 1,49,89,949 samples (including the augmented sample) have been sent for testing.

On Saturday, 15 more regions have been converted into hotspots taking the total number of hotspots to 664 in the state.

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