Kerala reported 35,801 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, when 1,23980 samples were tested in 24 hours.

The average test positivity rate in the state has held steady around 28% in recent days and registered 28.88% on Sunday. The state’s pool of active cases, which has crossed 4 lakh, now has 4.23,514 patients.

While the state government continues to argue that the state has the lowest case fatality rate and that the increase in deaths is proportional to the increase in the number of cases, the fact remains that the absolute number of deaths has risen sharply.

From the daily average of 25 to 30 deaths, the number has risen to 60 in the state over the past week. The past two days have also seen huge admissions to ICUs and ventilators, which will result in a sharp increase in death figures in another two weeks.

5,814 deaths

The state added 68 deaths in the past few days to the state’s official COVID-19 death toll on Sunday, bringing the state’s cumulative death toll from COVID-19 to 5,814. This included 16 deaths from Thrissur, 14 from Kozhikode, 10 each from Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram, eight from Kannur, three each from Kollam and Wayanad, two each from Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha, while one death was reported in Malappuram. .

The number of COVID-19 patients currently being treated in state hospitals has risen to 31,430.

Intensive care unit admissions have shown an alarming increase in the state over the past two days and a total of 2,528 people currently occupy intensive care units statewide, threatening to violate the system’s capacity to health.

A total of 1,249 COVID-19 patients are currently on life support in the state. Currently, 10,62625 people have been placed in family or institutional segregation in the state.

As of Sunday, 29,318 patients were reported to have recovered from COVID-19 and were released from hospitals / institutions. Total recoveries to date are 14.72.951.

Since the start of the pandemic, the cumulative burden of cases in the state has stood at 19,02,628 cases.

At the district level

Ernakulam continues to have the highest number of active cases with 67,200 patients, followed by Kozhikode (52,116), Thrissur (50,548), Malappuram (46,435) and Thiruvananthapuram (38,079).

Three districts in the state have more than 50,000 active cases while five others have more than 20,000 active cases.

Ernakulam also has the highest number of inpatients with 4,593, while Thiruvananthapuram, with a much lower number of cases than Ernakulam, still has 4,472 inpatients.

Among the districts, Ernakulam reported the highest number of new cases with 4767, Thiruvananthapuram 4240, Malappuram 3850, Kozhikode 3805, Thrissur 3753, Palakkad 2881, Kollam 2390, Kottayam 2324, Kannur 2297, Alappuzha 2088, Idukki Wayan 1.046adagod 656 cases.