For the second day, Kerala recorded more than 1000 new coronavirus cases even as the health workers raised concern over the increase of contact cases in many regions of the state.
Kerala on Thursday, July 23, recorded 1,078 new active Coronacases cases, State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. The number of Covid patients is increasing each day and the total number of confirmed cases in the State now stood at 16,110, he said.
Of the 1078 cases, 798 got infected through contact and the source of 65 cases is not clear, he said and added that five deaths were also reported.
The highest number of 222 cases was reported in Thiruvananthapuram district. While 106 persons turned corona positive in Kollam district, 100 became positive in Ernakulam district. Malappuram had 89 cases, Thrissur district 83, Alappuzha district 82, Kottayam district 80, Kozhikode district 67, Idukki district 63, Palakkad and Kannur districts 51 each, Kasaragod district 47, Pathanamthitta district 27and Wayanad district reported 20 cases.
One each death was reported from Kollam Kannur Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam district. So far 50 Covid related deaths have been reported in the State.
Thiruvananthapuram district also had the highest 206 contact cases. Kollam reported 103 contacted cases, Ernakulam district 98, Kozhikode district 56, Kottayam district 52, Idukki district 49, Alappuzha district 46, Kasaragod district 41, Thrissur and Palakkad districts 40 each, Malappuram district 29, Pathanamthitta district 24, Kannur district 12 and three cases were reported in Wayanad district.
Thirty two healthcare workers were also infected – seven each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur districts, six from Idukki district, three each in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts, two from Kozhikode district, and one each in Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod districts. In addition, three ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district, 12 Fire Force employees, nine KSE employees and two KLF employees in Thrissur district were also infected.
20 new places were declared as hotspots today while six were excluded. The total number of hotspots in Kerala is now 428.