9 new COVID-19 positive cases in Kerala

Nine more people tested positive for the coronavirus in Kerala on Wednesday, taking the total number of those presently under treatment to 112.

Four persons have been cured, while eight tested negative in repeat tests.

Of the new cases, two are from Palakkad, three from Ernakulam, two from Pathnamthitta and one each from Idukki and Kozhikode districts, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told after a Covid19 review meeting.

While four of the infected had come from Dubai, one each from the U.K and France, three had got the infection through contact with an infected person, he said.

At least 76,542 people are under surveillance, while 532 are in isolation wards in various hospitals, Vijayan said.

The chief minister also said state-run retail liquor outlets of the Beverages Corporation would be shut due to the lockdown.