Kerala reported 1310 COVID cases Friday, the highest spike so far. But over 400 of the cases were Thursday’s figures which could not be accounted for due to a technical glitch in the ICMR website.
Five Covid patients succumbed to the virus, taking the toll to 73 so far.
Among the districts, Thiruvananthapuram continued to be a source of worry. The Capital on Friday reported 320 cases. According to sources, new cases are being reported outside the clusters, indicating that the virus is spreading.
Friday figures for other districts were: Ernakulam 132, Pathanamthitta 130, Wayanad 124, Kottayam 89, Kozhikode 84 and Palakkad 83.
In a TV interview, Kerala Health Minister K Shylaja Teacher said the state cannot experiment with herd immunity as it would put many lives in danger.
Meanwhile, the government withdrew its orders to run the KSTRC buses on long routes following the advice by medical experts.
From Saturday, private bus services would stop plying as the government refused to give more concessions.