Kerala reports 58 new cases of coronavirus

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Kerala reported 58 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday taking the confirmed cases tally to 1,199, while a man who died in Alappuzha district on Friday was found positive.

The deceased, a 39-year-old man, who hailed from Pandanad village in Alappuzha, had returned to the state from Abu Dhabi last week and shifted to an institutional quarantine center. He was under treatment for liver Cirrhosis and later developed complications. He was shifted to Alappuzha Medical College on May 29 morning where he died.

With this casualty, the death toll due to covid in the state risen to nine. Of the 58 new cases reported on Saturday, 17 came from abroad and 31 from other states in the country, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in his Facebook post.

The people tested positive on Saturday include seven Air India employees and a health worker in Palakkad district. Majority of the new infection has been reported from Thrissur, where 10 people tested positive. Thrissur was followed by Palakkad with nine cases, Kannur 8, four each from Idukki, Ernakaulam and Kozhikode districts, three from Kasargod, two each from Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha and one from Kottayam.

Returnees from high-risk states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu accounted for as many as 28 fresh cases while 17 are from those who have returned from Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Italy.

The state has been witnessing steady increase in the cases ever since international and inter-state traffic was permitted. A total of 17.720 natives of Kerala has arrived by flight, 1621 through sea, 97952 by road and 9796 through rail in the state so far.

The state added five more hotspots on Saturday. They are Manikkal in Thiruvananthapuram district, Palakkad municipality, Pattambi and Thachampara in Palakkad district and Madappally in Kottayam district. With this the total number of hotspots in Kerala has gone up to 106.

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