Kerala’s COVID-19 concerns mount as record 1,103 cases reported in past 24 hours; 5 people succumb to pandemic

South India

The lone relief in this scenario is that as many as 1,049 people have recovered on Saturday amid concerns of rising cases through contacts

Kerala’s coronavirus cases has gone past the 1,000-mark for the third time this week as the state reported record 1,103 positive cases in the past 24 hours. A 53-year-old man among five persons died from COVID-19 pandemic in the past one day.

The lone relief in this scenario is that as many as 1,049 people have recovered on Saturday while total 9,420 patients are undergoing treatment in the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated in a release.

Five persons including a man died in the state in the past 24 hours. One each person died in Ernakulam, Kasargod and Palakkad districts while two persons died in Kozhikode district, the chief minister said.

People contracting coronavirus through contacts are increasing, On Saturday, as many as 838 people contracted COVID-19 through contacts and the source of 72 cases are not known.

With this, the total number of people who lost their lived due to COVID-19 rose to 60 so far.

As many as four districts in the state reported over 100 cases on Saturday With Thiruvananthapuram registered the highest of 240 positive cases followed by Kozhikode (110), Kasargod (105) and Alappuzha (102).

Among the total cases on Saturday, as many as 21 health care workers have also been  infected.

Govt issues norms for private COVID-19 hospitals

The state government on Saturday announced the treatment rates and guidelines for the private hospitals treating coronavirus patients.

Accordingly, the charge for general ward is Rs 2,300 per day, HDU Rs 3,300, ICU Rs 6,500, and ICU ventilator Rs 11,500. The hospitals can charge the PPE kits from the patients, the government said.

State Health Minister KK Shailaja informed that all the private hospitals assigned to treat COVID-19 patients can charge only the unified rates set by the government.

She said that the treatment facilities in the private hospitals have also been enhanced keeping in view the rising number of positive cases in the state.

She further said that the state government would bear the treatment expenses of Karunya Arogya Suraksha Padhathi card holders.


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