Kerala reported a record 608 new corona cases on Tuesday, July 14, taking the state’s total cases to 8,930. For the last couple of days, the state has witnessed an increase in contact cases, which has caused serious concern.
Briefing reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said “the situation is very serious and it is a matter of grave concern. Today’s number is the highest count of new positive cases being reported on a single day in the State so far.”
Of the total cases, the capital district of Thiruvananthapuram accounted for 201 cases. Of the total cases, 396 people were infected because of contact. The infected included 130 persons who returned to the state from abroad and 68 from other states. Eight health workers, a BSF jawan and two personnel each from ITBP and CISF are also infected. There are 26 cases where the source of infection is unknown, Vijayan said.
When the largest 201 new cases were reported in the capital district, Ernakulam district had 70 new cases, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts 58, Kasargod district 44, Thrissur district 42, Alappuzha district 32, Palakkad district 26, Kottayam district 25, Kollam district 23, Wayanad and Kannur districts 12 each and Pathanamthitta district reported three new cases.
Thiruvananthapuram district also had the largest 177 contact cases. When Ernakulam district reported 58 contact cases, Kozhikode district had 53 cases. Thrissur district had 32 contact cases, Malappuram district 22, Kasargod district 20, Alappuzha district 17, Kollam district 12, Kottayam district three and Palakkad and Kannur districts had one each contact cases.
There are currently 1,81,847 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. 1,77,067 are under observation in home or institutional quarantine and 4,780 are isolated in hospitals. 720 persons were hospitalised today.
During the last 24 hours, 14,227 samples were analysed. A total of 4,35,043 samples have been sent for testing so far and the results of 7,745 samples are yet to come. As part of Sentinel Surveillance, 79,723 samples were collected from priority groups and 75,338 samples being negative.
19 new places were designated as hotspots today while 10 were excluded from the list. There are 227 hotspots in Kerala now.