Thiruvananthapuram close to 'community transmission'

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala took a step closer to officially confirming local transmission of COVID-19 in Thiruvananthapuram city with the district reporting a whopping 105 cases of local transmission on Friday.

Five cluster outbreaks have been identified in Thiruvanthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Two ‘large community cluster’ outbreaks of coronavirus have been identified in Kerala, one in Ponnani and the other in Thiruvananthapuram, he added.

The 105 local cases from Thiruvananthapuram raised the total number of local transmission cases in the state in the last 24 hours to 204, higher than the previous record of 141 set on Thursday.

Besides these cases of local transmission, 123 people who returned from abroad and 51 people who returned from other states also reported positive for COVID-19.

Out of the 416 positive cases reported on Friday, 129 are from Thiruvananthapuram, 50 from Alappuzha, 41 from Malappuram, 32 from Pathanamthitta, 28 each from Palakkad and Kollam, 23 from Kannur, 20 from Ernakulam, 17 each from Thrissur and Kasaragod, 12 each from Kozhikode and Idukki, and 7 from Kottayam. Desk: Asianet Online