KERALA

101 test positive for virus in Kottayam

The fresh COVID-19 cases in Kottayam once again crossed the 100-mark with 101 persons testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Friday.

Of the fresh cases, 85 persons contracted the virus through local contact. Apart from the existing clusters, positive cases showed a surge in many local bodies with Manimala grama panchayat recording 12 positive cases, followed by Athirampuzha with 11 cases, and Arppookkara with nine cases. Seven of a family, who were the relatives of a patient, tested positive in Kanjirappally. Virus infection was also reported among people who had attended a funeral in Cheepungal in Arppookkara.

The cluster formed at a rubber factory in Vadavathoor appeared to be widening with five more employees testing positive. According to authorities, more than 20 out of nearly 375 employees at the factory tested positive. Cases are on the rise in local bodies like Kottayam, Ettumanoor, Vaikom, Kurichi, Madappally, Thalayazham and Manarcad. Two more health workers tested positive. The district currently has 592 active cases.

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