Sharp spike in COVID-19 cases through contact worries Kerala health authorities

South India

Of the 721 positive cases reported in Kerala on July 21, as many as 528 are infected through contacts and 32 with unknown source. 

Transmission of coronavirus through contacts continues to rise alarmingly in Kerala causing much concern to the health authorities in the state.

Of the 721 positive cases reported in the state on Tuesday, July 21, as many as 528 were infected through contacts, according to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Equally worrying is the spread of the diseases without known sources.

Out of the 528 contact cases, sources of at least 34 are yet to be identified. Earlier the state had witnessed a spike in cases after the air and rail traffic were opened for people from outside the state and the country. The returnees had then accounted for about 80 percent of the new cases.

With the addition of 720 fresh cases on Tuesday, the total number of infected people in the state has risen to 13,994. As many as 162, 444 people are under observation in the state at present. The state also reported one death today.

The deceased has been identified as Victoria, 72, a native of Pulluvila in Thiruvananthapuram district. She was also suffering from other age related ailments," Vijayan said adding that a total of 274 people were cured on Tuesday.

Providing the district-wise break-up in the COVID- 19 cases, Vijayan said Thiruvananthapuram reported 151 cases, while Kollam 85. Ernakulam reported 80 cases, Malappuram 61, Kannur 57, Palakkad 46, Alappuzha 46, Kasaragod 40, Pathanamthitta 40, Kozhikode 39, Kottayam 39, Thrissur 19 andWayand 17.

The chief minister said at least 19,524 samples were tested within the last 24 hours. At least 8,277 persons are in isolation wards in various hospitals across the state and a total of 8,056 are under treatment, the chief minister said.

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital district, has 2,201 positive case, the highest in the state, followed by Ernakulam with 909. Alappuzha district has 617 cases, while Malappuram and Kollam 599 and 555 cases respectively.



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