Seven Air India staff among 58 new Covid-19 cases in Kerala | Thiruvananthapuram News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala on Saturday reported 58 new Covid-19 cases, which included seven Air India employees who were on duty last week and three persons in Palakkad who contracted the virus through contact. As many as 10 persons undergoing treatment tested negative and were discharged.
Health minister K K Shailaja said 31 of the new patients had travelled from other states and 17 from abroad. Thrissur (10) had the maximum cases, followed by Palakkad (9), Kannur (8), Kollam, Idukki, Ernakulam and Kozhikode (4 each), Kasaragod (3), Alappuzha (2), Thiruvananthapuram (2) and Kottayam (1).
The positive cases include a health worker in Palakkad and the 36-year-old man who died in Alappuzha on Friday whose test results came late in the night. The total number of cases reported in the state so far is 1,209, of whom 624 are under treatment. Of the 10 who recovered from infection on Saturday, four are in Malappuram, three in Thrissur and one each in Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Kannur.
Five more hotspots notified in Kerala
As many as 1,30,157 people are under observation in the state, of whom 1,204 are admitted to hospitals. On Saturday alone, 243 persons with symptoms were admitted to hospitals. In 24 hours till Saturday evening, 3,204 samples were collected and sent for tests. The number of samples collected as part of sentinel surveillance rose to 12,255.
Considering the spread of disease, five more regions were notified as hotspots on Saturday. Manikkal in Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad municipality, Thachampara and Pattambi in Palakkad and Madappally in Kottayam are the new hot spots, taking the total number of hotspots to 106.

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