Thiruvananthapuram, May 18: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 29 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while no patient has tested negative.
Six persons from Kollam district, four in Thrissur district, three each from Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur districts, two each in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kozhikode and Kasargod districts, and one each from Ernakulam, Palakkad and Malappuram districts are those who tested positive. 21 of them are returnees from abroad (UAE-13, Maldives-4, Saudi Arabia-2, Kuwait-1 & Qatar-1), seven came back from other States (Maharashtra-6 & Tamil Nadu-1) and one is a case of local transmission, a health worker in Kannur district.
The total number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Kerala is 630 and presently, 130 patients are under treatment in different hospitals in the State.
There are 67,789 persons under surveillance across the State. 67,316 are quarantined at their homes and 473 are under isolation in hospitals. 127 persons were admitted to hospitals today.
So far, 45,905 samples have been sent for testing and the available results of 44,681 samples are negative. As part of sentinel surveillance of high-risk group, 5,154 samples were collected tested separately and out of these, 5,082 samples have been confirmed with no infection.
Today, five places in Palakkad district and one place in Kollam district were declared as hotspots. There are 29 hotspots in Kerala now.