Thiruvananthapuram, May 16: Health Minister, Smt K K Shailaja has informed that 11 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Kerala today. Four persons in Thrissur district, three from Kozhikode district, and two each from Palakkad and Malappuram districts are those who have been confirmed with the infection. Seven of them have returned from abroad and two each have come back from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
At the same time, four patients under treatment for Coronavirus infection have recovered today. Two patients each from Wayanad and Kannur districts are those who tested negative. This includes an 81-year old who was in critical condition at the Government Medical College Hospital in Kannur. He was hospitalised for 42 days and he was tested 16 times during this period, The Health Minister has congratulated the entire team there for his successful recovery. The total number of recovered cases in the State is 497 and 87 patients are presently under treatment in different hospitals.
Till now 55,045 persons have arrived in Kerala – 2,911 by air, 793 by sea, 1,021 by rail and 50,320 by road.
The total number of people under surveillance in different districts across the State is 56,981. Of these, 56,362 are under quarantine at their homes and 619 are isolated at hospitals. 182 persons were admitted to hospitals today.
So far, 43,669 samples have been sent for testing and 41,814 samples have been confirmed with no infection. As part of sentinel surveillance of high-risk group consisting of healthcare workers, migrant labourers and those with higher public exposure, 4,764 samples were collected separately and tested. Out of these, 4,644 samples have tested negative.
Six new places were declared as hotspots today, three each in Kasargod and Idukki districts. In total, there are 22 hotspots in Kerala now.