Over 90,000 samples tested in the last 24 hours,5,610 new cases

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 5 (PTI) With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Kerala, the left government has ramped up testing and over 90,000 samples were examined in the last 24 hours, as 5,610 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Friday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said no one should let down their guard against the virus and urged people to follow the safety protocol.

The toll climbed to 3,832 with the addition of 19 fatalities, while the total virus caseload mounted to 9,56,421 and active cases stood at 67,795.

As many as 6,653 people recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries to 8,84,542.

In the last 24 hours ending at 2 pm today, 91,931 samples were tested and the test positivity rate has come down to 6.10 per cent.

So far, 99,48,005 samples have been sent for testing.

Everyone should strictly follow the COVID protocol and any slip would worsen the situation, Vijayan told reporters.

Among the districts, Ernakulam recorded 714 new cases, Kozhikode 706, Malappuram 605 and Pathnamthitta 521.

None of the UK returnees tested positive in the last 24 hours.

Of the fresh cases, 28 were health workers, while 101 had come from outside the state and 5,131 people had been infected through contact.

At least 2,15,653 people are under observation in various districts, including 10,960 in hospitals.PTI UD BN ADMINISTRATOR BN ADMINISTRATOR