Thiruvananthapuram, May 10 : Kerala reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, while four patients tested negative and a total 20 patients were presently under treatment in different hospitals, Health Minister KK Shailaja Teacher said here.
The Minister, in a statement said "26,712 persons are now under surveillance in various districts in the State. Of these, 26,350 are under quarantine at their homes and 362 are isolated at hospitals. 135 people were admitted to hospitals today." "Out of 7 new positive cases, three cases are in Wayanad district, two in Thrissur district, and one each in Ernakulam and Malappuram districts. Three of them are Pravasi Malayalees who came back from Abu Dhabi on May 7 by the first evacuation flight to Kerala, two have returned from Chennai and two are cases of local transmission," she clarified.
"Meanwhile, two patients from Kannur district and one each from Palakkad and Kasargod districts are those who have recovered from the infection. With today’s results, Kasargod district, which once had the highest number of patients, is Covid free. So far, 489 patients have been cured of this infection in the State," she further said. "Till now, 37,464 samples have been sent for testing and 36,630 samples have been confirmed with no infection. As part of sentinel surveillance, 3,815 samples were collected from people in the high-risk group -- healthcare workers, migrant labourers and those with higher public exposure -- and tested. Out of these, 3,525 samples have tested negative," she stated. "No new place in the State was declared as a hotspot today and currently, there are 33 hotspots in Kerala now," she added. (UNI)