Kerala reported 5,490 new cases of COVID-19 on January 14, after 67,712 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. The test positivity rate remained at 8.11%.

While the cumulative burden of the state’s cases has increased to 8,31,259 cases, the state’s pool of active cases has 66,503 patients. On January 13, 4,337 people are said to have recovered from their illness. Cumulative collections to date in the state have increased to 7,61,154.

British variant

Meanwhile, three other people who traveled to the state from the UK and tested positive for COVID-19 were found to be infected with the virus variant B.1.1.7, first reported times in UK.

The variant of the virus, believed to be more transmissible than the initially circulating strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has now been identified in a total of nine people in the state, all of whom had returned from the UK Of the three new cases identified on January 14, two were reported in Kannur district while the last was reported in Pathanamthitta.

So far, a total of 56 people who have reached the condition from the UK have tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials said further results were expected from NIV, Pune, where the samples were sent for genomic analysis.

The addition of 19 new deaths in the state over the past few days to the list of COVID-19 deaths in the state has brought the state’s COVID-19 toll to date to 3,392 deaths.

Alappuzha reported four deaths, Thiruvananthapuram three, Malappuram two, while one death each was reported in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Kozhikode, Kannur, Ernakulam and Palakkad.

The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients in the state who are currently being treated in intensive care units at various hospitals in the state is 778, according to official reports, of whom 227 are in need of respiratory assistance.

Of the 5,490 new cases reported that day, in 92 cases, the health department reported a history of out-of-state travel while 5,398 were locally acquired infections. Among the infections acquired locally, in 435 cases, the source of the infection remains non-localized, while the number of health workers who acquired the infection is 52.

Among the districts, Malappuram reported the highest number of cases with 712 cases, Ernakulam, 659, Kozhikode 582, Pathanamthitta 579, Kollam 463, Kottayam 459, Thrissur 446, Alappuzha 347, Thiruvananthapuram 295, Kannur 235, Wayanad 229 and Paldakkad, Kasaragod 72 cases.

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