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COVID-19 has been confirmed for 6,028 people in Kerala on November 21.

The district-wise break-up of the infected are Malappuram 1054, Kozhikode 691, Thrissur 653, Palakkad 573, Ernakulam 554, Kollam 509, Kottayam 423, Alappuzha 395, Thiruvananthapuram 393, Kannur 251, Pathanamthitta 174, Kasaragod 138, Wayanad 135 and Idukki 85.

A total of 60,365 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate is 9.98. A total of 57,49,016 samples have so far been sent for testing, including routine samples, Airport Surveillance, Pooled Sentinel, CBNAT, Trunat, CLIA and Antigen Assay.

Twenty-eight deaths have been confirmed as being caused by COVID-19. Anandavalli (64) from Varkala, Suhara Beevi (76) from Nagaroor, Suresh (53) from Kadakkavur, Abdul Jabbar (65) from Ayur, Kollam, Tajuddin (60) from Klappana, Jalaluddin (56) from Ambanad and Aisha Kunju from Thevalakkara. (72), Sufikoya (64) from Alappuzha Canal Ward, Tini (48) from Punnapra, Kalyani (88) from Pezhapra, Raju (52) from Kanjirapally, Kottayam and MJ from Mekkad, Ernakulam. John, 68, KG Ignatius (72) from Farmer Road, RS. Ambotty (73) from Enamakkal, Thrissur,  VK Kamalakshi (79) from Edakkara, TC Devasi (79) from Ollur, Abdul Aziz (46) from Kaipamangalam, Harish Keshav (46) from Karayamuttam, Sharda Vasudevan (63) from Desamangalam and CT Thomas (69) from Paravathani,  Amina (72) from Palakkad, Keralassery, Pachan (72) from Pannipara, Malappuram, Susheela (72) from Beypore, Kozhikode, Sudhakaran (53) from Farook, Rajan (64) from Modakkallur, Mohammad Ashraf (49) from Mattannur, Kannur, Pankajakshan (66) of Thaliyil and Aboobacker Siddique (59) of Muzhappilangad. This brings the total death toll to 1,997. Further deaths will be confirmed after NIV testing in Alappuzha.

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One hundred and five of those diagnosed with the disease are from outside the State and 5,213 people were infected through contact. The contact source for 654 is not clear. Malappuram 996, Kozhikode 641, Thrissur 639, Palakkad 351, Ernakulam 387, Kollam 505, Kottayam 420, Alappuzha 392, Thiruvananthapuram 285, Kannur 176, Pathanamthitta 118, Kasaragod 126, Wayanad 125 and Idukki 52 were affected by the disease.

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Fifty-six health workers were affected by the disease. Ernakulam 18, Thiruvananthapuram 7, Palakkad 6, Pathanamthitta, Kannur 5 each, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad 3 each, Kollam, Kasaragod 2 each, Kottayam and Thrissur 1 each were affected by the disease.

The test results of 6,398 people who were diagnosed and treated were negative. Thiruvananthapuram 611, Kollam 664, Pathanamthitta 137, Alappuzha 824, Kottayam 301, Idukki 62, Ernakulam 545, Thrissur 803, Palakkad 497, Malappuram 740, Kozhikode 634, Wayanad 151, Kannur 295 and Kasaragod 134 tested negative today. With this, 67,831 people have been diagnosed with the disease and are still undergoing treatment. 4,81,718 have so far been freed from COVID.

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There are currently 3,15,518 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. Of these, 2,99,089 are under home / institutional quarantine and 16,429 in hospitals. A total of 2032 people were admitted to hospitals.

There are three new hotspots. The new hotspots are Kanchiyar (Cantonment Zone 1, 2 (sub ward) in Idukki district, Akathethara (6) in Palakkad district and Kavalangad (sub ward 14) in Ernakulam district. Eleven areas have been excluded from the hotspot. With this, there are a total of 557 hotspots.