Thiruvananthapuram, April 16: Seven new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today - four persons from Kannur district, two in Kozhikode district and one in Kasargod district. Among the new cases, five are people who have returned from abroad and two are cases of local transmission.
Meanwhile, the test results of 27 patients under treatment in hospitals came as negative - 24 patients from Kasargod district, and one each in Ernakulam, Malappuram and Kannur districts.
Kerala has so far reported a total of 394 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus infection and 147 patients are still under treatment in different hospitals across the State.
Keeping the recent trend, the number of people under surveillance in the State has come down to 88,855. Of these, 88,332 are observation in their homes and 523 are isolated at hospitals. 108 persons were admitted to hospitals. 17,400 samples from people with symptoms have been sent so far for testing and 16,489 samples have tested negative with no infection.
Briefing the media, Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The number of recoveries is now more than the number of new cases being reported and this is a vindication of the preventive measures undertaken by us. It gives me immense pleasure in announcing that seven foreign nationals who had recovered from Covid-19 in Kerala have reached back their respective countries. This is a testimony to our progress in treating the Coronavirus. Two staffers of the Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery, who got infected while on airport duty, were among those who recovered from the infection today.
The Chief Minister also said the patients who are being discharged from hospitals after recovering from Covid-19 should undergo a 14-days mandatory isolation at their homes, along with their family members. LSG bodies should monitor these families