Kerala records 1,780 new COVID-19 cases, 3,377 recoveries;

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active cases touch over 30,000 Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 12 (PTI) Kerala added 1,780 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday pushing the caseload to 10,87,792, while 3,377 people were cured of the infection, the state government said.

With 14 more fatalities being recorded, the toll mounted to 4,369.

Active cases touched 32,174 and recoveries 10,50,603, Health minister K K Shailaja said in a release.

In the last 24 hours, 52,134 samples were tested and the test positivity rate was 3.41 per cent.

So far, 1,21,82,285 samples have been sent for testing.

Kozhikode accounted for the highest number of new cases at 265, Malappuram 205, Thrissur 197 and Thiruvananthapuram 165.

With one more UK returnee testing positive in the last 24 hours, a total of 99 returnees from Britain have been infected with the virus besides two people who had come from South Africa.

According to the statement, samples of 85 people have tested negative.

Nine health workers are among the infected today, while 53 had come from outside the state and 1,579 infected through contact.

As many as 1,57,589 people are under observation in various districts, including 4,829 in hospitals. PTI UD BN BN