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198 new cases in Malappuram

Caution continues:(Top) After an employee of the KSRTC depot, Thrissur, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, KSRTC buses shifted operations to the Sakthan private bus stand on Friday; and (above) Ports Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran inaugurates the thermal camera systemat the railway station in Kannur.K.K. Najeeb & S.K. MohanK.K. Najeeb

Caution continues:(Top) After an employee of the KSRTC depot, Thrissur, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, KSRTC buses shifted operations to the Sakthan private bus stand on Friday; and (above) Ports Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran inaugurates the thermal camera systemat the railway station in Kannur.K.K. Najeeb & S.K. MohanK.K. Najeeb  

Malappuram district recorded 198 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday. District Collector K. Gopalakrishnan and two dozen officers of the district administration are among those who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. They were at the Air India Express flight crash site at Karipur last Friday and Saturday.

However, the district witnessed 424 recoveries on Friday, the highest on a single day since the virus spread began in March.

The source of infection of 18 people, including the Collector, could not be traced.

Out of the 198 fresh cases, 179 got the infection through local transmission.

In Palakkad

In Palakkad district, 180 persons tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Friday.

While 151 persons were found to have been infected through local transmission, 10 came from abroad and eight from other States. The source of infection in nine cases could not be traced.

District Collector D. Balamurali said 91 persons recovered from the disease on Friday.

Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Backward Classes A.K. Balan has warned of an impending lockdown in the district. In a statement here on Friday, Mr. Balan said a lockdown would be imposed in the entire district if the present rate of local spread continued.

In Kannur

Ninety-five persons tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Kannur district on Friday. Of the total cases, 58 people contracted the disease through local contact, four arrived from abroad, 26 from other States, and seven are health workers. As many as 75 people recovered on Friday.

In Kasaragod

In Kasaragod, 49 more people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Friday. Of the infected, 35 contracted the disease through local transmission, while five are from other States and nine arrived from abroad. Meanwhile, 51 people were discharged from hospitals and COVID care centres in the district on Friday.

In Thrissur

As many as 80 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Thrissur on Friday while 53 people recovered from the infection. There are 497 active cases in the district at present.

The samples of a 65-year-old man from Arimbur who died at a private hospital on August 8 have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. A lorry driver, the man was admitted to the hospital following chest pain. Of the 80 cases reported on Friday, 68 persons have been infected through contact. As many as 18 people were tested positive from the Amala Hospital cluster.

In Wayanad

As many as 57 persons tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Wayanad district on Friday. Of them, 56 contracted the infection through contact, while one arrived from Nagaland.

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

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