South India Covid-19 Updates: Positive cases continue to rise in five southern states

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Most of the new coronavirus cases in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have history of travel.

With more and more people from abroad and other parts of India arriving in the state, new coronavirus positive cases have continued to rise in Kerala. The state reported 14 new caes on Sunday, May 17, according to a Facebook post of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

The infection was confirmed in four people in Malappuram district, two each in Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur and one each in Kollam, Ernakulam Thrissur and Kasargod. Of these, two are people who came from abroad-one from Kuwait and the other from Dubai. Seven people came from Tamil Nadu and three from Maharashtra. The person, who tested positive on Sunday, is an Uttar Pradesh native who came from Maldives. The person who contracted the virus in Kollam is a health worker.

The release said that 3467 people have come by flights, 1033 through ships and 55,086 by road ever since movement of people from outside was allowed. More than half a million people have registered with the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department to return to the state.

The release said that a total of 101 persons are under treatment in various hospitals in the state. The number of recoveries in the state is 497. Apart from this 62,529 people are under observation, including 674 in hospitals.  The state has so far test 45,207 people. Of this 43,200 have been tested negative.

Tamil Nadu

477 new coronavirus cases were reported as of 8:00 AM on May 17 in Tamil Nadu, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu to 10,585. Among the total people infected as on date, 3,538 have recovered and 74 have passed away.

Chennai had the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 303 confirmed infections. Tamil Nadu's 10,585 cases put it at number 3 in terms of number of cases among all states and union territories in India. Within the country, Maharashtra continues to have the most cases with 30706, reported Livemint.

Andhra Pradesh

The state reported 25 new COVID-19 cases and one death in the past 24 hours. As per the Sunday health bulletin, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state is now at 2,380 and with one death reported the death toll rose to 50 in the state. Currently the state has 747 active cases

A health department report said five of the 25 new cases were linked to the Koyambedu market in Chennai, which has become a hotspot. Of the total COVID-19 positive cases, 150 were from other states. Srikakulam reported seven of the new cases, Chittoor and Guntur four each. Visakhapatnam, Prakasam and Kurnool three each and Nellore one.Kurnool continues to top the list with 611 cases reported and with 187 active cases.

A total of 9,880 samples were tested and 103 people have been discharged from various hospitals after treatment, taking the cumulative recoveries to 1,433. Currently, the state has 747 active cases.

Karnataka

With a spike of 54 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported on Sunday in Karnataka, the total number of positive cases rise to 1,146. The total number of active cases stands at 611 with 497 discharges and 37 fatalities, according to state health department.

Among the new cases, a one-year-old boy from Mandya contracted the virus and has been admitted to a designated hospital in the region, said a Bangalore Mirror report. Out of the 54 new cases, 40 patients have inter-state travel history to Maharashtra.

Telangana

55 new coronavirus cases were reported as of 8:00 AM on May 17 in Telangana, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Telangana to 1,509. Among the total people infected as on date, 971 have recovered and 34 have passed away. Hyderabad had the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 472 confirmed infections.

Telangana's 1,509 cases put it at number 11 in terms of number of cases among all states and union territories in India, reports Livemint.

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