Kerala reports 24 new cases for the second consecutive day on May 21, total rises to 631

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The new spike is in line with the continuing trend of rising infections since international and inter-state traffic resumed two weeks ago, after the state successfully flattened the curve to single digits infections. 

Kerala reported major spike of 24 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day on Thursday (May 21).

According to a Facebook post of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, all 24 have history of travel. While 14 came from UAE (8), Kuwait (4), Qatar (1) and Malaysia (1), the others have a history of travel from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

The district-wise distribution of new positive cases is Malappuram five, Kannur four, Kottayam and Thrissur districts  three each, Thiruvananthpuram, Kollam and Alappuzha districts two each and Idukki, Palakkad and Kasargod districts one each. The state has 631 total recorded cases, four deaths, and 510 recoveries so far.

The chief minister said that eight people who were under treatment had tested negative on Thursday. Currently 177 people are under treatment in various hospitals and as many as 80138 person under observation either at home or in hospitals.

The chief minister said that the government had so far tested 49,833 samples. Of this 48,276 were tested negative. .

The new spike is in line with the continuing trend of rising infections since international and inter-state traffic resumed two weeks ago, after the state successfully flattened the curve to single digits infections, if not zero, for days altogether earlier this month.

The state has added three more hotspots to its list of containment zones on Thursday, making altogether 28 hotspots. Since the lockdown relaxations started, it has received 5495 people by flights, 1,621 by ships, 68,884 by road, 2136 by trains so far, Vijayan said.

A total of 442, 238 people from abroad have registered with the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department website to return to Kerala. As many as 372, 822 people are from six west Asian countries of United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. Of the expats, 61009 have lost jobs, 27100 are either those who are job visa expired or cancelled and 11256 are senior citizens.

In addition to this, 170, 832 people from various states in India outside Kerala have also applied for pass to return to the state. 

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