Kerala reports 85 new COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 2,407

The state has a total of 1,342 active cases so far, and 19 patients have succumbed to the infection.

The total number of coronavirus cases increased to 21,14,140 in the country. Photo: PTI

Kerala reported 85 new COVID-19 cases today (June 13), taking the state tally to 2,407. Out of the 85 new cases, 71 were import cases. The state has a total of 1,342 active cases so far, and 19 patients have succumbed to the infection. 46 recoveries from COVID-19 infection were recorded in the state today.

Out of the 85 new COVID-19 positive cases detected today, 15 were from Malappuram, 12 from Kozhikode, 14 from Kannur, eight from Palakkad, nine each from Kasaragod and
Alappuzha, four each from Idukki and Thrissur, seven from Ernakulam, one each from Wayanad, Kottayam, and Pathanamthitta.

A total of 1,047 people have recovered from the infection in the state, so far. Two new places were declared as hotspots today (June 13), both being in the Kannur district, while 13 have been excluded from the list. Currently, there are 117 hotspots in Kerala.

According to the state health bulletin, till date, 1,09,729 samples (including repeat and private lab samples) have been sent for COVID-19 testing. Out of these, the results of 3,223 are pending.

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Apart from above, 29,790 samples were taken from the priority groups such as health care
workers, sanitation workers, and other groups of people who are highly exposed to the virus, as part of the sentinel surveillance. Out of this, 27,899 samples were tested negative.

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In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kerala, Xpert-SARS-CoV testing has been initiated in the government medical colleges of Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, and Ernakulam. The testing samples of emergency nature such as for emergency surgery, symptomatic health workers, doctors, sick patients, or COVID suspected deaths will be conducted at the designated places.

COVID-19 care centres have also been established in all districts of the state, with a view to accommodate people who have been advised home quarantine, but have no residence in Kerala.

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