Thiruvananthapuram, May 17 : Kerala reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, while 101 patients were under treatment in different hospitals, Health Minister K K Shailaja Teacher said. "As on today, 62,529 persons are under surveillance in different districts with 61,855 quarantined at their homes and 674 under isolation at hospitals.
159 persons were hospitalised today," the Minister said in a statement. "Out of 14 new cases, four persons are in Malappuram district, two each in Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur districts, and one each in Kollam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasargod districts. Two of them have come back from overseas - one each from Kuwait and the UAE. Ten have returned from other States - seven from Tamil Nadu and three from Maharashtra. The patient in Ernakulam district is a native of Uttar Pradesh who came back from the Maldives and the patient in Kollam district is a healthcare worker," she clarified.
Meanwhile, no patients under treatment for Coronavirus infection have recovered today, she added. "Till now, samples from 45,027 people have been sent for testing and the available results of 43,200 samples are negative. Apart from this, as part of sentinel surveillance of high-risk categories consisting of healthcare workers, migrant labourers and those with higher public contacts, 5,009 samples were collected separately and tested. Of these, 4,764 samples have been confirmed with no infection," she further said. "One place in Wayanad district was declared as a hotspot taking the total number of hotspots in Kerala to 23", she added. (UNI)