Thiruvananthapuram: The daily Covid-19 positive cases in Kerala continue to rise as 28,481 people turned positive from 80,740 samples tested, taking The positivity rate (TPR) to 35.27 per cent on Tuesday, state Health Minister Veena George said in a statement.
She said that Thiruvananthapuram district saw 6,911 positive cases, the highest-ever daily number.
According to the statement, there are 1,42,512 active cases in the state of which 3.4 per cent of the patients are in hospitals, while 39 fresh deaths were reported, taking the total death toll in the state to 51,026.
On the vaccination front, 99.8 per cent (2.67 crore) have had one dose, of which 83 per cent (2.21 crore) have taken both doses.
Likewise in the 15-18-year group, 55 per cent (8.31 lakh) have been given one dose and starting Wednesday, over 900 schools in the state will function as vaccination centres to vaccinate the remaining students.
Thiruvananthapuram district saw one of the highest TPR of 48 per cent, which implies almost one in two people who underwent the test turned positive, forcing authorities to clamp strict adherence to Covid protocols.
The offices of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and three other ministers have reported many of the staff members turning positive, forcing their partial closure. “Things are serious so all should strictly adhere to Covid protocols and violations will be strictly proceeded against.
The numbers prescribed for weddings and funerals should be followed,” said state Transport Minister Antony Raju, after a meeting of authorities.
India records 3,205 new coronavirus cases along with 31 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Heavy rains lashed several parts of Hyderabad during the wee hours of Wednesday. It is to mention here that the city from last few days have been witnessing occasional drizzles in different parts while the mercury levels remained high and above 40 degree Celsius.
Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) will tour Nalgonda district today to meet Nakirekal MLA Chirumarthi Lingaya as his father Narsimha (75) died a few days ago due to illness.
Telangana has been experiencing soaring temperatures across the state for the past few days.