COVID-19: 12,818 cases in Kerala on Thursday, TPR crosses 12%

Police levy fine from people who visited the Fort Kochi beach which was closed for public to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. Photo: Josekutty J Panackal

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 12,818 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, pushing the total cases reported from the state to 32,18,015.

As many as 13,454 people were cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 30,72,895.

In the last 24 hours, 1,03,543 samples were tested and the test positivity rate was 12.38 per cent. So far, 2,58,22,215 samples (including the augmented sample) have been sent for testing.

The active cases touched 1,28,881, Health Minister Veena George said in a press release. The caseload remained above 1-lakh for the past 22 days.

The Health Department has been directed to conduct a mass testing campaign on Friday (July 23) with three lakh tests with special focus on those districts where the test positivity rate was above 10 per cent.

"Further, the number of daily tests shall also be enhanced immediately to the peak testing capacity for the effective containment of the pandemic," it said.

With 122 deaths being reported on Thursday, the state's death toll has risen to 15,739.

Of the positive cases, 85 were health workers, while 76had come from outside the state and 12,034 infected through contact. The source of infection of 623 among them is unknown.


District-wise breakup of today's positive cases:
Thrissur 1605
Kozhikode 1586
Ernakulam 1554
Malappuram 1249
Palakkad 1095
Thiruvananthapuram 987
Kollam 970
Kottayam 763
Alappuzha 718
Kasaragod 706
Kannur 552
Pathanamthitta 433
Idukki 318
Wayanad 282

District-wise breakup of recoveries:
Thiruvananthapuram 704
Kollam 847
Pathanamthitta 329
Alappuzha 1287
Kottayam 937
Idukki 228
Ernakulam 1052
Thrissur 1888
Palakkad 1013
Malappuram 1860
Kozhikode 1427
Wayanad 416
Kannur 785
Kasaragod 681

A total of 4,09,323 people are under observation in various districts. Of these, 3,83,826 are under home or institutional quarantine and 25,497 are in hospitals. 2,537 people were admitted in hospitals on Thursday.
There are 626 areas in the state with a TPR of more than 10 per cent.

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