Kerala continues to report surge in Covid cases as it confirms 17,518 new covid positive cases on Friday. The test positivity rate is 13.63 percent at present. 132 deaths were also confirmed due to Covid today taking the total death toll to 15,871. Bringing respite, 11,067 people recovered from the covid infection. At present, a total of 1,35,198 people are undergoing covid treatment in the state.