Kerala: 22,129 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, tally crosses 33 lakh

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Kerala on Tuesday recorded 22,129 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the infection caseload to 33,05,245, with the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) going back to more than 12 per cent.

Data show that Kerala’s COVID-19 case load has been increasing in increments far greater than any other state in India.

The number of people who succumbed to the virus rose to 16,326 with 156 more deaths.

As many as 13,145 people have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 31,43,043 and the number of active cases to 1,45,371, a state government release said.

In the last 24 hours, 1,79,130 samples were tested.

A total of 4,36,387 people are under observation in various districts. Of these, 4,09,931 are under home or institutional quarantine and 26,266 are in hospitals, according to government data.

Kerala to approach Union for increased supplies of COVID-19 vaccines

In a press statement, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that his government would approach the Union government to provide more COVID-19 vaccines to the state.

Vijayan also denied Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya’s claims that 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses remained unutilised with Kerala and said that only 500,000 doses were with the state when the minister made that statement.

CM Vijayan said that Kerala was one of the states which had implemented the vaccination drive against the disease in an effective manner. However, he also said that the state was facing challenges in fighting the pandemic.