COVID-19 LIVE | Kerala reports over 1,000 cases for second day, government mulls lockdown option

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The COVID-19 cases continued to soar in Kerala breaching the grim 1,000 mark for the second straight day on Thursday, taking the tally past the 16,000 mark with the state government saying the option of a complete lockdown again to manage the situation cannot be ruled out.

A decision on lockdown would be taken after consultations with all stakeholders, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. The state reported 1,078 fresh cases out of which 798 contracted the disease through their contacts, marking back- to-back four digit spikes after 1,038 cases on Wednesday, causing concern.

Meanwhile, India’s COVID-19 case tally crossed the 12 lakh mark on Thursday with highest single-day spike of 45,720 new cases and 1,129 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Total COVID-19 positive cases stand at 12,38,635 including 4,26,167 active cases, 7,82,606 cured/discharged/migrated and 29,861 deaths, as per the Health Ministry data.

 

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