Kerala records highest single-day spike of 1,038 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours; one dies

South India

Of the total positive cases, as many as 785 contracted COVID-19 through contacts while the source of 57 patients are yet to be known

Raising concerns, Kerala reported the highest single-day COVID-19 cases of 1,038 in the past 24 hours. One more death has been reported in the state taking the toll to 48 so far.

Talking to media persons, Chief Minister Pinarayi  Vijayan said that of the total positive cases, as many as 785 contracted COVID-19 through contacts. The sources of 57 are yet to be known while 87 are foreign returnees and 109 are people who returned from other states.

Talking to reporters, Vijayan said that it was a crucial day for the state which went past the 1,000-mark of coronavirus cases for the first time on Wednesday.

Kerala had earlier attracted the global attention for its effective management of the pandemic.

One man identified as Narayanan of Idukki district succumbed to the disease taking the toll to 48 so far.

Among the total patients, 53 are in the ICU while 9 in ventilator and as many as 8,818 patients are undergoing treatment, the chief minister said.

Of the total COVID-19 patients, 65.16 percent is locally acquired and the capital city has the highest rate of 94.4 percent in the state.

Situation in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts continues to be critical as they reported 226 and 133 cases respectively on Wednesday.

Vijayan said that as many as 15,975 beds ready at the first line coronavirus care centres are in the state now adding that state’s fatality rate was far below the national average at 0.41.

The number of health care workers who contracted the disease is 267 and there are as many as 397 hot spots in the state.


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