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Kerala registers 22,064 new COVID-19 cases; test positivity increased to 13.53pc

With this, the number of active cases in the state rose to 1,54,820

Virus Outbreak India People wearing masks as precaution against the coronavirus shop for vegetables at a market in Kochi, Kerala | AP

Kerala reported 22,064 new COVID-19 cases and 16,649 recoveries on Thursday.

With this, the number of active cases in the state rose to 1,54,820.

So far, 31,77,453 have been cured of the disease.

Of the new cases, 20,891 contracted the virus through contact while 161 came from outside the state, and 102 are healthcare workers.

A total of 1,63,098 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. So far, 2,68,96,792 samples have been sent for testing.

The test positivity rate (TPR) in the state is 13.53.

Malappuram, Thrissur and Kozhikode districts reported the most cases—3679, 2752 and 2619 respectively. A total of 128 COVID deaths too were confirmed on Thursday.

With this, the COVID death toll in the state rose to 16,585. There are currently 4,54,080 people under observation across the state. Of them, 4,26,600 are under home or institutional quarantine while 27,480 are in hospitals. 

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