11 Feb 2021: Kerala reports maximum coronavirus cases and deaths in a day
Kerala, which was lauded globally for its response to the coronavirus pandemic initially, is now struggling to contain the surge in cases.
On Monday, the Southern state reported the most number of COVID-19 cases, overtaking Maharashtra.
Of the 8,689 fresh cases in India, the highest, 3,742, came from Kerala. It also took the lead in deaths as 16 out of 77 deaths were reported from there.
Details: Kerala reported nearly 6,000 fresh cases yesterday
Kerala continued to take the lead, as far as coronavirus cases are concerned, even on Wednesday.
The state reported 5,980 fresh infections, marking a daily positivity rate of 7.4% with 80,106 tests. The federal government has directed states to keep the positivity rate under 5%.
Meanwhile, 3,451 new cases were reported from Maharashtra. With 49,650 tests, the daily positivity rate of the state stands at 6.9%.
Statement: Mutant strain could be responsible for current situation: Dr. Guleria
Recently, Dr. Randeep Guleria, the Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, hinted that a mutant strain could be responsible for the situation in Kerala and Maharashtra.
"We will have to investigate whether any mutant strain of coronavirus is under circulation in the states which is causing a spurt in the daily infection," he said.