Kerala reports record 1,725 positive cases, 13 deaths in 24 hours; over 1,500 persons contract virus through contact

South India

 The health minister said that as many as 1,131 patients recovered

Kerala's coronavirus cases are on the rise in an alarming way for the past nearly one week. The state reported record 1,725 COVID-19 and as many as 13 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The most worrying thing is that as many as 1,572 persons contracted the virus through contacts and the source of 94 patients are not known, said state Health Minister KK Shailaja.

The health minister said that as many as 1,131 patients recovered.

State capital Thiruvananthapuram has the highest 461 cases followed by Malappuram (306), Thrissur (156), Alappuzha (139), Palakkad (137) and Ernakulam (129).

As many as 31 health workers also tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

With the state reported 1,725 patients on Monday, the total number of cases reached 46,140 and the death toll touched 169 so far.

It may be recalled that the health minister expressed the concern that the number of cases could rise up to 20,000 in future if the situation did not show any improvement.

The Opposition had claimed that if the government had increased the testing process a couple of months ago, situation would have improved by now and blamed the government for the deteriorating situation at present.

However, the government denied the charges and said that adequate tests conducted as per the norms.


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