Kerala continued to see a hike in rate of infection and the number of people infected through contact with 339 people new active cases reported on Thursday, July 9. Of the total cases, 113 were reported to be of local transmission, which the health authorities say is a matter of grave concern.
“The rate of infection is going up and along with that the number of people infected with the virus through contact is also increasing,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
In the reported cases, 117 are those who came back from abroad and 74 from other states. The capital city of Thiruvananthapuram reported the highest number of 95 infections followed by 55 in Malappuram, 50 in Palakkad, 27 in Thrissur, 22 in Alappuzha, 20 in Idukki, 12 in Ernakulam, 11 in Kasargod, ten in Kollam, eight each in Kozhikode and Kannur, and seven each in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Wayanad districts. .
Thiruvananthapuram district also saw the highest infection through contact. The district reported 92 infections through local transmission. Malappuram reported 23 cases through contact, Alappuzha ten, Kollam and Ernakulam four each, Thrissur three and Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Kottayam districts had one each contact cases.
The infected persons include four healthcare workers (three in Thrissur district and one in Idukki district), One BSF personnel in Thrissur district, a Defence Service Canteen employee in Kannur district and two ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district.
The total number of confirmed covid cases in Kerala stood at 6,534 and 2,795 patients is still undergoing treatment. Till now, 3,710 people have been cured of Coronavirus infection. About 1.85 lakh people are in quarantine in different districts of the state.
Interacting with the media through video conferencing, the Chief Minister said, “there is an increasing likelihood of multiple clusters being formed in the cities leading to super spreads. We see this happening in Poonthura in our state. According to a new report by the World Health Organization, the risk of contracting the disease has increased dramatically. Therefore, the gathering of people cannot be allowed under any circumstances. People should live in places with good air circulation and proper ventilation. To identify more cases, the number of tests being conducted has been increased significantly.”
In the last 24 hours, 12,592 samples were analysed. A total of 3,07,219 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 4,854 samples are yet to come. In addition, 66,934 samples were collected from high-risk priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 63,199 samples were negative.
Today, six new places were designated as hotspots while two were exempted. There are presently 181 hotspots in Kerala.
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