Kerala records one more COVID-19 death, toll at 9

South India

Kerala’s Covid-19 death toll went up to nine after a 68-year-old Thiruvalla native died at the Kottayam Medical College on Friday.


As per the report, 68-year-old Joshy was a diabetes patient.

Joshy who reached Kerala from Abu Dhabi on May 11, was shifted to Pathanamthitta General Hospital on May 18 where he was tested positive. Later, he was transferred to Kottayam Medical College on May 26.

Earlier this weeks, a Telangana native and Kozhikode native Asiya succumbed to the virus.

52-year-old Amina (Wayanad), 73-year-old Khadeejakkutty (Thrissur), 69-year-old Yakub Husain Sait (Ernakulam), 68-year-old Abdul Azeez (Thiruvananthapuram), 67-year-old Mehroof (Mahe, UT of Puducherry) and four-month-old baby (Malappuram) are the remaining six, who died in Kerala even before that.

Kerala had a good track record with effective tracking and surveillance measures. But after the return of Keralites from abroad and other states, the number of Covid-19 cases shot up in Kerala.

At least one lakh people have returned to the state in the last two weeks. Officials say at least 80 per cent of the recent cases are imported.

On Thursday, Kerala recorded the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases with 84 people being tested positive for the deadly virus. 

"31 fresh patients came from other countries, 48 came from other states. Five patients got the infection through contacts. The person who died on Thursday was supposed to travel to Telangana, but on 22 May he boarded the wrong train from Rajasthan and reached Thiruvananthapuram", said CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday.

Mahe native Mehroof and the Telangana native deaths are included in Kerala's list based on a union government guideline, which stated that deaths should be accounted where it occurs irrespective of which state the person hailed from.

Kerala has so far recorded 1,088 cases of covid-19, with 9 deaths and 525 recoveries. As of now, the state has 526 active cases.

There are 82 hotspots in the state. Palakkad has the most number of active cases - 105. Kannur has 93 cases, Kasaragod 63 and Malappuram 52.

Kerala was first in the country to report a Covid-19 case in January after a medical student returned from China’s Wuhan. But it managed well in containing the virus in the first two stages.

About 1,15,297 people are under observation in Kerala, of which 992 have been placed in hospitals.


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