COVID-19: Kerala logs 5,471 fresh cases, 16 fatalities

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 13 (PTI) Kerala recorded 5,471 new COVID-19 cases and 16 fatalities on Saturday, taking the caseload to 9,99,523 and the death toll to 3,970.

Health minister K K Shailaja said the state tested 85,969 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 6.36 per cent.

'Till now, the state has tested 1,05,26,236 samples,' the minister said.

Shailaja said 5,835 patients got cured of the disease today, taking the total recoveries to 9,31,706.

'Currently, there are 63,581 persons under treatment...,' Shailaja said in a release.

According to the release, there are 2,44,085 people under observation in the state out of which 10,134 are in isolation wards of various hospitals in the state.

Kozhikode reported 750 fresh cases today,the highest, followed by Ernakulam 746, Thrissur 553, Alappuzha 506 and Pathanamthitta 480.

'Out of those who were found infected today, 77 reached the state from outside, while 5,027 contracted the disease from their contacts. The source of infection of 322 people is yet to be traced and 45 health workers are also among the infected,' the minister said. Seven more regions have been categorised as hotspots while three were removed from the list, taking the total number to 456. PTI RRT BN ADMINISTRATOR BN ADMINISTRATOR