Kerala reports 104 COVID-19 deaths, 13,550 new cases of infection
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala reports 104 COVID-19 deaths, 13,550 new cases of infection

Thiruvananthapuram, June 29, 2021

Kerala today reported 104 deaths due to COVID-19 and 13,550 new cases of infection as the high numbers continued to be a cause of concern in the state.

With the latest data put out by the State Health Department, the total number of deaths in the state so far has risen to 13,093 while the cumulative number of positive cases of the coronavirus disease so far has gone up to 2,910,507.

A total of 10,283 patients were discharged after cure from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recovered patients to 2,797,779.

In all, 388,083 people in the state are in quarantine or isolation, including in their homes or in institutions and hospitals.

The number of active cases in the state, as of today, stood at 99,174, the bulletin added.

IANS adds:

Kerala Chief Minister told journalists that the positivity state in the state presently stood at 11 per cent.

"There seems to be callousness on the part of the people and this will be dangerous. There are chances that there might be an increase in the number of cases and hence, to ward of Covid, all of us have to ensure that we strictly follow all the Covid protocols, which include ensuring that no one breaks the quarantine rules. If someone is flouting the norms, he/she will be sent to quarantine homes and for this the local bodies will act tough," said Vijayan.

"The other way out is vaccination, and so far the state has received 1.38 crore doses. A total of 1.07 crore people have got the first dose, while 31 lakh have got both the doses. If we are able to get the vaccines without any problem, we will be able to vaccinate the entire state's population in three to four months," added Vijayan.

The state government has decided to rework the graded lockdown norms and, from Wednesday onwards, tighter norms of lockdown will be put in place.

Those local bodies with a positivity rate of above 18 per cent will be classified under 'D' category with strict lockdown norms. Likewise, 'C' category local bodies will be those with a TPR of 12 to 18 per cent, 'B' category will be those having a TPR of 6 to 12 per cent and those with a TPR of 6 per cent or less will be in the 'A' category. This will be in force till next week.

"The mortal remains of those falling prey to the virus are presently not allowed to be brought home. However, keeping in mind the requests from the people, we have decided to allow the mortal remains to be taken home for one hour to perform all the rituals," Vijayan added.

IANS

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