India, July 20 -- As the Supreme Court on Monday directed the Kerala government to file its response to a petition against three-day relaxation in Covid-19 restrictions in view of the upcoming Bakrid celebrations, Kerala reported 9,931 new cases and an increase in its test positivity rate (TPR) to 11.08% , its highest in the last 17 days.

The government's decision to relax pandemic norms for Bakrid when virus infections are increasing have provoked criticism in Kerala and beyond. On Monday, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court questioning the relaxation. The court is expected to take up the plea on Tuesday.

In the last 24 hours, 89,654 samples were tested and 9,931 tested positive with a TPR of 11.03%, said the state health ministr...