The COVID-19 tally in Kerala is racing towards the 1.50 lakh mark as 4,125 cases were added on Tuesday, as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan blamed violent protests by the Opposition Congress led UDF and BJP outfits for having contributed to the spread of the virus. The toll climbed to 572 with 19 more deaths.
Presently, 40,382 people are under treatment, 3,463 were infected through contact and the source of infection of 412 people was not yet known, Mr. Vijayan told reporters.
As many as 1,01,731 people have so far recovered from the virus and the total infection count in the State has touched 1,42,756, he said. Of the positive cases today, 33 came from abroad and 122 from other States. In the last 24 hours, 38,574 samples were sent for testing. A total of 3,007 people recovered today, Mr. Vijayan said. The deceased today were aged between 30 and 86.
Pointing out that the COVID-19 situation in the State was grim, Mr. Vijayan said the spread of the infection was “extremely severe” in Thiruvananthapuram, where 681 cases were detected today. “Though the cases were rising, the government had no plans to go in for lockdown again,” he said.
“Till yesterday, the State’s active cases was 39,258, of which Thiruvananthapuram accounted for 7,047, about 18%, while the death count yesterday was 553 and 175 deaths were from the capital district, that is about 32%.” – PTI