Kerala reports over 22,000 new COVID cases

Thursday, 29 July 2021 - 15:02

Kerala on Wednesday recorded 22,056 fresh COVID-19 cases pushing the infection caseload to 33,27,301, with the number of people who succumbed to the virus rising to 16,457 with 131 more deaths.

As many as 17,761 people have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 31,60,804 and the number of active cases to 1,49,534, a state government release said.

In the last 24 hours, 1,96,902 samples were tested and the TPR was found to be 11.2 percent. So far, 2,67,33,694 samples have been tested, it said.

Some of the worst affected districts in the state are Malappuram (3931), Thrissur (3005), Kozhikode (2400), Ernakulam (2397), Palakkad (1649), Kollam (1462), Alappuzha (1461), Kannur (1179), Thiruvananthapuram (1101) and Kottayam (1067).

Of the new cases, 100 are health workers, 120 had come from outside the state and 20,960 were infected through contact with the source of contact being not clear in 876 cases, the release said.

Due to this, it has been decided to close the state completely next weekend and to send six representatives of the Central Government Epidemiology Center to Kerala, Indian media reported.

The southern Indian state of Kerala has a population of over 34 million, with a coastline of 600 km [600 km] facing the Arabian Sea.

It was considered to be one of the highest COVID control states in the world.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has announced a $ 25 million grant to support India's corona vaccination program.