Kerala continued to reel under the impact of returnees testing positive for COVID-19 as 91 fresh cases were reported in the state on Tuesday, taking the total number of people under treatment to 1,231.
Of the fresh cases, as many as 53 came from abroad while 27 from other states. Ten people contracted the disease through contact, the state government said.
The total COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 2,095 and the death toll remained unchanged at 16.
Samples of 34 people who were under treatment have returned negative taking the total number of the cured to 848, Health Minister K K Shailaja said.
"A total of 2,04,153 are under observation in the state out of which 1,913 are in isolation wards at various hospitals. Thirty-four people cured today," she said in a release.
According to the latest medical bulletin, Palakkad accounted for the highest number of cases on Tuesday with 14 followed by Alappuzha with 11 cases.
Thiruvananthapuram reported ten cases, Kottayam eight, Pathanamthitta and Kozhikode seven each, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad six cases each, Kollam and Kannur has five each, four cases in Ernakulam and Kasaragod two.
The release said 51,135 people arrived in the state through flights while another 1,621 through ships, 21,708 by trains and 1,26,178 people through road route.
Ten more regions were added to the category of hotspots, taking the total number of hotspots to 158.
Palakkad, which borders Tamil Nadu, has 172 positive cases, the highest in the state.
The state has begun antibody tests to further strengthen the community surveillance system.
This is expected also to help in giving early warning signals and epidemiological information.
The antibody test is to identify community transmission of COVID-19 and herd immunity in specific populations. The tests began on Monday.