Cases of corona are surging every day. Kerala on Tuesday recorded 4,125 COVID-19 cases taking the tally near the 1.50 lakh mark. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has accused violent protests by the Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front and BJP outfits’ for having contributed to the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, the toll soared to 574 with 19 more deaths. Currently, 40,382 people are under treatment, 3,463 were infected through contact and the source of infection of 412 people was not yet known, Pinarayi said in his COVID-19 briefing in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
As many as 1,01,731 people have so far improved from the virus and the total infection number in the state has touched 1,42,756, he said. Of the positive cases on Tuesday, 33 came from abroad and 122 from other states. In the last 24 hours, 38,574 samples were sent for testing. A total of 3,007 people recovered on Tuesday, Pinarayi stated. The departed on Tuesday were aged between 30 and 86. Pointing out that the COVID situation in the state was grim, the CM said the spread of the infection was "extremely severe" in Thiruvananthapuram, where 681 cases were detected on Tuesday.
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Though the cases were springing, the government had no plans to go in for lockdown again, he said. "Till yesterday, the state's active cases was 39,258, of which Thiruvananthapuram accounted for 7,047, about 18%, while the death count yesterday was 553 and 175 deaths were from the capital district, that is about 32%.” In this situation, the opposition parties were staging violent protests on a daily basis instead of maintaining physical distancing, Pinarayi said, adding that he wanted political parties to behave responsibly and follow COVID protocol while protesting.