Kerala reports highest one-day peak of nearly 33,000 covid-19 cases
With today’s tally, the total number of infections reached 14,60,364, while active cases climbed to 2.47,181, prompting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to call the situation serious.
Eighty-six health workers were among those who tested positive today.
Up to 18,413 people have been cured of the infection, bringing the total recoveries to 12,07,680, Vijayan said.
The death toll climbed to 5,170 with 32 deaths.
The situation in the state was “serious,” Vijayan told reporters here.
In the last 24 hours ending at 2:00 p.m., 1,41,199 samples were tested and the test positivity rate (TPR) was 23.4%.
So far 1,53,54,299 samples have been tested.
Seeking to contain the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, prohibition orders were blocked Tuesday in 14 other local self-government units (LSGs) in Kerala’s Malappuram district.
District Receiver K Sreenivas imposed the orders under 144 CrPC.
Similar restrictions were already in place in 24 LSG neighborhoods in the district until April 30, official sources said.
The prohibition orders were imposed within municipal limits, where the test positivity rate exceeded 30%, they said.
The LSG units, which fall under the new ban order until April 30, are Purathur, Thennala, Thuthuvali, Monniyur, Valavannur, Edavanba, Urangattiri, Vsttamkulam, Keezhuparamba, Kuzhimanna, Vengara, Kannamangalam, Kalakaua and Kalpakatsancherry grama.
According to the ordinance, the curbs would come into effect from 9 p.m. tonight and would be in effect until April 30.
The restrictions would be in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in other parts of the district, he said.
Although strict control has been effective, restrictive congregations and public gatherings are needed to verify the spread, the order stressed.
Kozhikode accounted for the largest number of cases today – 5,015, followed by Ernakulam 4,270, Malappuram 3,251 and Thrissur 3,097.
Three districts have reported more than 2,000 cases.
Of the positive cases, 265 were from out of state and 30,309 people had been infected by contact.
At least 5,27,662 people are under observation in various districts, including 21,460 in hospitals.
Ernakulam district has the largest number of people on treatment for the infection – 39,594, followed by Kozhikode 34,986 and Malappuram 26,188.