Within two days, COVID-19 caseload up by 351 in Kozhikode

A local resident seeks permission from a policeman to go out of the containment zone at Vellayil in Kozhikode on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: K. Ragesh

A total of 351 COVID-19 cases were reported in Kozhikode district on Saturday and Sunday. There are 1,462 active cases in the district at present.

The number of cases reported on Sunday was 119, of which 93 were through local transmission of the infection, said a release. Eight persons had returned from abroad and six from other States. The source of infection of 12 others is not known. The number of local transmission cases within Kozhikode Corporation limits is 41 and in Naduvannur is nine. There are 13 healthcare workers among the infected persons.

Meanwhile, the highest single-day spike in cases was recorded on Saturday when 232 people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. According to a release by the District Medical Officer, 189 people got the infection through local transmission. The source of infection of 24 others was not known. The other infected persons had returned from other States or from abroad. There were seven health workers among the infected.

One death was reported at the Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, on Saturday. The deceased was a 65-year-old from Tirurangadi in Malappuram. Ward 66 in Vellayil area has been declared a critical containment zone.

In Malappuram

As many as 186 people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Malappuram district on Sunday. It was the lowest number in the district in the last 10 days. An 85-year-old man from Thootha died of COVID-19.

District Collector K. Gopalakrishnan called upon people to exercise caution and behave responsibly to contain the spread of the disease.

As many as 178 of the 186 people got the infection through local contacts. The source of infection in 21 cases, including seven health workers, could not be traced. While five persons came from other States, three came from abroad.

There were 100 recoveries in Malappuram on Sunday. As many as 2,046 are currently under treatment in the district, and 42,406 have been quarantined.

In Kannur

In Kannur, 143 more people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Sunday. As many as 111 people contracted the disease through contact. Seven of the infected are health workers. With this, the number of COVID-19 cases reported so far in the district has reached 2,718. Of the infected, 1,841 have recovered.

In Kasaragod

As many as 85 people were reported to be infected in Kasaragod on Sunday.

Of them, 83 contracted the virus through contact, while one came from abroad and one from another State. Fifty-one people tested negative for the virus and was discharged from hospitals.

In Thrissur

As many as 116 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Thrissur on Sunday. Seventy persons have recovered, and the number of active cases stands at 955 in the district.

In all, 41 people from Thrissur are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in other districts. Of the people tested positive on Sunday, 110 have been infected through contact. The source of infection in 18 cases is not known. A total of 9,225 people are under observation.

In Palakkad

In Palakkad, 39 people tested positive and 250 infected persons recovered on Sunday. It was the biggest number of recoveries on a single day in the district.

While 17 of the new patients got the infection through local transmission, eight came from other States and two came from abroad. The source of infection in 12 cases could not be identified.

In Wayanad

The district reported 10 COVID-19 cases and 39 recoveries on Sunday. The fresh cases include three persons who contracted the disease through local transmission. One person who returned from abroad and six from other States have also tested positive. There are 256 active cases in the district. As many as 3,666 persons are under observation.

(With inputs from Malappuram, Kannur, Kasaragod, Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad bureaus)

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