Kerala reports 62 new coronavirus cases; CM Vijayan says state was prepared for it

Kerala’s graph of daily detection of new cases of the novel coronavirus continues to rise. With 62 more confirmed cases on Friday, the state’s tally has now risen to over 1,000. There are 101 virus hotspots in Kerala to date.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while briefing media outlets said, 33 of the new patients arrived from aboard while 23 returned home from other states. Two Air India cabin crew members, a healthcare worker and two convicts in remand are among the people who tested positive in Kerala on May 29.

Out of the 62 new infections, Palakkad leads the chart with 14, followed by Kannur (7), Thrissur (6), Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Malappuram (5 each), Ernakaulam and Kasargod (4 each), Alappuzha (3), Kollam and Wayanad (2 each), and Kottayam, Idukki and Kozhikode (1 each).

This is the first time that all 14 districts in the state are reporting new cases of infection in a single day. Kerala has been witnessing a spike in new cases since the last two weeks. As many as ten patients also recovered from the infections on Friday.

Around 1,24,167 people have been placed under surveillance in the state, with 1,23,087 under either home or institutional quarantine. The state has also collected 11,468 samples from high risk groups and sent it for testing. Out of these, 10,635 samples have returned negative for Covid-19.

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