6,186 new COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 19 (PTI) Kerala reported 6,186 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including seven UK returnees, and 26 related deaths, taking the caseload to 8,56,783 and the toll to 3,506, the state government said.

State Health Minister K k Shailaja said seven UK returnees tested positive, taking the total affected travelers from that country to 63.

Earlier nine passengers had tested positive for the new strain of the virus.

The Minister said 4,296 people were cured of the disease on Tuesday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 7,83,393.

Active cases stood at 70,259.

As many as 66,259 samples were examined on Tuesday and the test positivity rate was 9.34 per cent.

So far, a total of 90,20,399 samples have been tested in the state, the minister said.

Among the districts, Ernakulam accounted for the most number of cases (1019), followed by Kottayam 674, Kollam 591, Thrissur 540 and Pathanamthitta 512.

Kasaragod reported the lowest number of 63 cases.

'Among those infected today, 92 reached the state from outside and 5,541 contracted the disease through their contacts. Sixty nine health workers were among those who tested positive,' the minister said.

She said 2,09,175 people are under observation in the state, among whom 11,005 are in isolation wards of various hospitals.

Eight new regions in the state were categorised as hot spots and 17 removed, taking the total to 410. PTI RRT APR ADMINISTRATOR APR ADMINISTRATOR