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In the highest number of COVID-19 cases on a single day so far in Kerala, 339 new active cases of COVID-19 were detected in Kerala on July 29, while 149 patients under treatment have recovered. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The rate of infection is going up and along with that the number of people infected with the virus through contact is also increasing. Of the cases confirmed today, 117 are those who came back from abroad and 74 from other states. 133 are cases of local transmission and there are seven cases where the source of infection is not known.”

The district-wise figures of those who tested positive are 95 persons from Thiruvananthapuram, 55 in Malappuram, 50 from Palakkad, 27 in Thrissur, 22 from Alappuzha, 20 in Idukki, 12 from Ernakulam, 11 from Kasargod, 10 in Kollam, eight each from Kozhikode and Kannur, and seven each in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Wayanad.

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The country-wise details are UAE-40, Saudi Arabia-37, Kuwait-19, Qatar-13, Oman-4, South Africa-1, New Zealand-1, Uzbekistan-1 and Bahrain-1. The state-wise split up is Karnataka 19, Maharashtra 14, Jharkhand 11, Telangana 9, Tamil Nadu 7, West Bengal 3, Odisha 3, Rajasthan 2, Delhi 2, Bihar 1, Andhra Pradesh 1, Gujarat 1 and Chhattisgarh 1.

Ninty-two people in Thiruvananthapuram district, 23 from Malappuram district, 10 in Alappuzha district, four each from Kollam and Ernakulam districts, three in Thrissur district and one each from Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Kottayam districts are those infected through contact.

In addition, four healthcare workers were also infected, three in Thrissur district and one from Idukki district. One BSF personnel in Thrissur district, a Defence Service Canteen employee from Kannur district and two ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district were also among those infected.

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The district-wise figures of those who tested negative on July 9 are 29 patients from Thrissur, 17 in Palakkad, 16 from Kannur, 15 in Ernakulam, 13 from Kasargod, 10 in Kollam, nine from Thiruvananthapuram, eight each in Kottayam and Idukki, seven each from Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha, six in Malappuram, three from Wayanad and one in Kozhikode.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID in Kerala is 6,534 and 2,795 patients are still undergoing treatment. Till now, 3,710 people have been cured of Coronavirus infection. There are currently 1,85,960 people in quarantine in different districts of the state, 1,82,699 in home or institutional quarantine and 3,261 in hospitals. 471 people were admitted to the hospital on July 9.

Interacting with the media through video conferencing, the Chief Minister said, “There is an increasing likelihood of multiple clusters being formed in the cities leading to super spreads. We see this happening in Poonthura in our state. According to a new report by the World Health Organization, the risk of contracting the disease has increased dramatically. Therefore, the gathering of people cannot be allowed under any circumstances. People should live in places with good air circulation and proper ventilation. To identify more cases, the number of tests being conducted has been increased significantly.”

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In the last 24 hours, 12,592 samples were analysed. A total of 3,07,219 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 4,854 samples are yet to come. In addition, 66,934 samples were collected from high-risk priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 63,199 samples were negative.

On July 9, six new places were designated as hotspots while two were exempted. There are presently 181 hotspots in Kerala.