Two more Kerala ministers test positive for COVID-19; state’s pandemic cases go past 10,000-mark for first time

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 The rising cases in the state is a major concern for the state government at a time when nationally the figures are declining in the past few weeks

Two more Kerala ministers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and the state’s coronavirus positive cases have touched the five-digit figure for the first time with nearly 15 percent test positivity rate.

Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel and Power Minister MM Mani have tested positive for COVID-19.

Mani has been admitted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital for treatment on Wednesday afternoon.

Jaleel has gone into home quarantine after the test result confirmed positive.

The health condition of both the senior ministers is reportedly normal.

So far, five state ministers tested positive for the pandemic. Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, Industries Minister EP Jayarajan and Agriculture Minister VS Sunil Kumar had tested positive for coronavirus earlier.

For the first time, Kerala reported more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday raising concerns of the government and the health department.

As many as 10,606 positive cases have been reported in the state and the test positivity rate has touched 14.36 percent, said state health department.

In the past 24 hours, 73,816 samples have been tested and 9,542 patients contracted the disease through direct contact.

As many as 6,161 patients recovered in the past 24 hours and the death toll stands at 906.

Four districts reported more than 1,000 cases which was hitherto an uncommon thing. The highly infested districts are Kozhikode (1,576), Malappuram (1,350), Ernakulam (1,201) and Thiruvananthapuram (1,182).

The government has relaxed the norms for devotees in various places of worship in the state.

Accordingly, 40 devotees can be allowed in temples during special occasions according to their convenience and space adhering to the COVID-19 protocols.

Again, mosques and churches will be allowed to participate 40 devotees on Fridays and Sundays respectively.

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