Kerala overtakes Maharashtra, reports highest single-day spike of 11,775 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

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At present, 95,918 patients are under treatment at various COVID care centres in the state

Kerala reported the highest single-day spike of 11,775 COVID-19 cases among all states in the country on Saturday surpassing Maharashtra even as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayn warned of escalating the situation in the coming days.

The state reported as many as 23 deaths in the past 24 hours taking the toll to 978 so far.

Vijayan said that 11,775 persons tested positive for COVID-19 after as many as 66,228 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours. The test positivity rate in Kerala is also alarmingly rising in the past few weeks.

As many as 10,471 persons contracted the disease through contacts and the source of 952 patients are not known.

At present, 95,918 patients are under treatment at various COVID care centres in the state.

On Saturday, 7,570 patients recovered and with this the total recovery figure stands at 1,82,874 now.

Vijayan said that the positive case may increase in October and November in the state and the coronavirus-related deaths may also witness hike during this time.

Pointing out the rise in test positivity rate, which is close to 20 percent now, the chief minister said that this indicated that the positive cases would surge further.

He, however, said that the government could bring down the death rates because of its effective mechanism to prevent the disease.

On Saturday, Maharashtra reported 11,416 new COVID-19 cases and 308 deaths while 26,440 patients were discharges. Total cases in the state rise to 15,17,434 while the recoveries stood at 12,55,779 and death toll reached 40,040. There are 2,21,156 active patients in the state now, said the health department.

Interestingly, Kerala’s neighouring Karnataka (10,517 new COVID-19 cases), Tamil Nadu (5,242 new cases) and Andhra Pradesh (5,653) also witnessed a dip in the positive cases in the past few weeks.

Karnataka reported 102 deaths on Saturday taking to toll to 9,891. Its total cases stand at 7,00,786 now including 5,69,947 discharges while there are as many as 1,20,929 active cases in the state, said the health department data.

Tamil Nadu reported 67 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday taking the toll to 10,187. The total cares stood at 6,51,370, including 5,97,033 recoveries and 44,150 active cases.

The total number of cases in Andhra Pradesh touched 7,50,517 including 46,624 active cases, 6,97,699 recoveries and 6,194 deaths so far.

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