Kerala logs 4 034 fresh COVID-19 cases 14 deaths push toll to

    Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (PTI) Kerala reported 4,034
new COVID-19 cases and 14 related deaths on Tuesday taking the
tally of affected in the state to 10,41,252 and the toll to
    Health Minister K K Shailaja said 69,604 samples were
tested in the state in the last 24 hours and the test
positivity rate was 5.80 per cent.
    The state has tested1,11,37,843 samples so far.
    Shailaja said a 72-year old person was found
infectedwith the new strain of the virus from the UK.
    "The 72-year-old is the contact of a Kozhikode native,
a UK returnee, who was earlier tested positive with the new
strain. With these a total of 11 persons have been found
positive with the new strain till now," Minister said.
    She said out of those affected on Tuesday, 81 reached
the state from outside while 3,674 contracted the disease
through their contacts.
    "The sources of infection of 258 are yet to be traced.
As many as 21 health workers are also among the infected," the
Minister said in a release.
    Among the districts, Ernakulam reported the highest
number of cases--484, followed by Pathanamthitta (430) and
Kollam (408).
    Meanwhile, 4,823 people recovered from the infection
on Tuesday taking the total number of cured in the state to
    Currently, there are 54,665 people under treatment in
the state.
    There are 2,35,225 under observation in the state, out
of which 8,083 are in isolation wards of various hospitals.
    Four new regions were added and four regions were
removed from the list of hotspots taking its total number to

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