Kerala reports 5,528 new cases, caseload over 8.06 lakh

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 9 (PTI): Kerala's COVID-19 caseload soared to over 8.06 lakh on Saturday with 5,528 new cases being reported, while 5,424 people have recuperated from the disease.

The toll has gone up to 3,279 with 22 more recent deaths being confirmed due to the virus.

So far, 7,38,808 persons have recovered, while the active cases stood at 64,318.

The COVID tally now is 8,06,603.

As many as 2,02,171 people are under observation in various districts, including 11,055 in various hospitals.

In the last 24 hours, 61,239 samples have been tested and the test positivity rate has touched 9.03 per cent, Health minister K K Shailaja said in a press release.

So far, 84,06,202 samples have been sent for testing.

No UK returnees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The release said so far 50 people who returned from Britain have tested positve while six were detected with the new variant. Of the new cases today, 45 are health workers, 60 people had come from outside the state, 4,988 had been infected through contact.

Among the districts, Ernakulam with 893 continued to lead in reporting fresh cases and has over 9000 people presently undergoing treatment.

While Kozhikode accounted for 599 cases, Kottayam 574 and Malappuram 523, the least number of cases was from Kasaragod 93 and Kannur 182.,PTI UD BN WELCOME WELCOME