For the third consecutive day in Kerala, the number of daily new Covid cases crossed 40,000 while the daily test positivity rate reached an all-time high of 44.80 per cent, Health Minister Veena George said on Saturday.
There were 45,136 positive cases on Saturday — up from 41,668 on Friday. On Thursday, the state recorded the highest-ever single day tally of 46,387 cases after the pandemic broke out.
Ernakulam district recorded a high of 8,143 cases, followed by the capital district with 7,430 cases.
A statement by the Health Minister pointed out that across the state, there were 2,47,227 active cases of which just 3 per cent were being treated at hospitals.
On Saturday, 70 Covid deaths was reported, taking the death toll to 51,739.