On June 21, Kerala reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases 133, on a single day so far, according to Minister for Health K.K. Shailaja.
The new positive cases were confirmed in 16 persons from Thrissur district, 15 in Palakkad district, 13 from Kollam district, 11 in Idukki district, 10 each from Alappuzha, Kottayam, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur districts, nine in Thiruvananthapuram district, eight from Pathanamthitta district, six in Kasargod district and five from Ernakulam district.
Eighty of these cases were found in people who returned from foreign countries (Kuwait-35, Saudi Arabia-18, UAE-13, Bahrain-5, Oman-5, Qatar-2, Egypt-1 and Djibouti-1) and 43 from other states (Tamil Nadu-17, Maharashtra-16, Delhi-3, Gujarat-2, West Bengal-2, Uttar Pradesh-2 and Haryana-1). Nine are cases of local transmission, three each in Idukki and Thrissur districts, two from Palakkad district and one in Ernakulam district. In addition, a health worker in Idukki district was confirmed with the virus infection.
Meanwhile, the test results of 93 patients who were under treatment for Coronavirus were negative on June 21. 37 patients in Thrissur district, 30 from Malappuram district, nine in Alappuzha district, five from Kozhikode district, four in Pathanamthitta district, three from Kottayam district, two each in Kannur and Kasargod districts and one from Palakkad district are those who recovered. So far, 1,659 patients have been cured of COVID and presently, 1,490 are under treatment.
A total of 1,43,969 people are under surveillance in various districts of the state. Of these, 1,41,919 are in home or institutional quarantine and 2,050 are isolated in hospitals. On June 21, 325 people were hospitalised.
In the last 24 hours, 5,239 samples were tested. Till now, samples of 1,37,475 individuals have been sent for testing and of these, the results of 3,460 samples are expected. Apart from this, 38,146 samples were collected from priority groups such as health workers, guest workers and so on as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 36,751 samples were negative. A total of 1,83,201 samples have been sent for testing so far.
On June 21, seven new places were declared as hotspots while nine were exempted from the list. There are currently 109 hotspots in Kerala.