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Kerala posts 173 COVID-19 deaths, 14,233 fresh cases of infection
Thiruvananthapuram, June 11, 2021
Kerala today posted 173 deaths due to COVID-19 and 14,233 fresh cases of infection in the last 24 hours along with a lower test positivity rate (TPR) but the State Government indicated that the restrictions on gathering and movement of people would continue for some more time to contain the transmission of the coronavirus disease.
Today's numbers are slightly lower than the 194 deaths and 14,424 new cases reported yesterday but are at rather high levels.
With today's figures, the death toll so far as risen to 10,804 while the total number of positive cases so far has risen to 2,702,823.
As many as 15,355 patients have recovered during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recovered cases to 2,557,597. A total of 562,253 people are currently in quarantine or isolation in their homes or institutions or in hospitals.
There were a total of 134,001 active cases of the coronavirus disease in the state as of this evening, a bulletin issued by the State Health Department said.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that things are slowly getting better on the Covid front as there is an improvement in test positivity rate (TPR) and the number of daily cases, but control and precautions should continue, as the figures still have to be brought down further.
Appearing before the media after a very long break, he said that the control that people exercised during the second wave has to continue unabated.
"We are getting prepared for a possible third wave and to tackle that, if it happens, we are increasing the health infrastructure at all our facilities, as the virus mutations are taking place. No one knows what is in store and hence all that we can do is to be prepared and we will do that," he said.
"The average TPR for the past three days stands at 13.9 per cent," he said.
"Certain districts like Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kannur, and Kasargode continue to have higher TPRs. We will make strong inroads to see that it is brought below 10 per cent and for that, more testing will be done," added Vijayan.
He also said that, after June 16, the state Secretariat will see increased presence of staff and hence it has been decided to see that the secretariat staff and the ministers' staff will get vaccines on priority.
"So far, 25 per cent of our population have been given at least one dose and, at the moment, we have vaccines for two more days. We expect that we will soon get fresh supplies from the Centre," he said.
Vijayan also reminded people that the coming two days will see the entire state under a near-total triple lockdown "as this will only help all of us to see that Covid is tackled effectively".