Thiruvananthapuram: Showing a sign of respite, as many as 3,110 more persons tested positive for coronavirus on Monday in Kerala, which has a test positivity rate of 8.81 per cent, Health Minister KK Shailaja's office said.
As many as 3,922 corona patients also tested negative in Kerala on Monday, an official release said.
Ernakulam reported maximum 443 new cases and Kasargod the least 48 cases. Twenty more COVID-19 deaths took the state's death toll to 3,322.
A total of 45 persons who tested positive on Monday have come from outside the state. In all, 2,730 persons tested positive through contact whereas the source of infection in 295 others was not known, the release said.
Forty health workers also tested positive on Monday, including eight in Thiruvananthapuram, seven in Ernakulam, six in Palakkad, five in Kozhikode, four in Kannur, two each in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Wayanad, and Kasargod, and one each in Kottayam and Malappuram.
A total of 63,346 patients are undergoing treatment across the state.
As many as 1,99,398 persons are under observation in Kerala, including 1,88,616 in home or institutional quarantine and 10,782 in hospitals, the release said.
One new hotspot of Upputhura (containment zone 12, 13 wards) took the total to 440 in Kerala.