Thiruvananthapuram, May 12: Five new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. Three persons from Malappuram district and one each from Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts are those who tested positive. Four of them have come back to the State from abroad and one from Chennai.
At the same time, no patient under treatment for Coronavirus has tested negative today. The total number of confirmed cases in the State is 524 and presently, 32 patients are under treatment in different hospitals. 23 out of these 32 patients are those who returned from outside Kerala and nine are cases of local transmission, spread from people who came back. This was informed by Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan while briefing the media today.
“We are entering a new phase of Covid prevention as Pravasi Malayalees are retuning. It will be a big challenge to keep those coming from hotspots safe. We have to stop community spread at any cost and if we are not able to manage it, the repercussions will be beyond our control. We are making elaborate arrangements for testing all those who are coming back by road, rail, flights and ships. The State is taking up the responsibility of ensuring the safety of those coming back”, said the Chief Minister. He also complimented the Malayalee nurses across the world on the occasion of the International Nurses Day.
So far, 33,116 persons have come back to the State by road and 1,406 by flights and 833 by ships.
Presently, there are 31,616 persons are under surveillance across the State. Of these, 31,143 are under quarantine at their homes and 473 are isolated at hospitals. 95 people were admitted to hospitals today.
Till now, 38,547 samples have been sent for testing and 37,727 samples have been confirmed with no infection. As part of sentinel surveillance of high-risk group, 3,914 samples were collected and tested. Of these, 3,894 samples have tested negative.
As on today, there are 34 hotspots in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha and Idukki districts have no Coronavirus patients.