Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 593 new cases & 204 recoveries today, total 6,416 patients under treatment
20 new hotspots, total 299
Thiruvananthapuram, July 18: 593 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. Giving details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The total number of confirmed cases in the State is now 11,659. Of the cases detected today, 364 are contact cases, 116 are those who came back from overseas and 90 from other states. 19 healthcare workers, one personnel each of DSC and Fire Force was also infected. There were two Covid related deaths, 70-year-old Arul Das and 60-year-old Babu Raj, both from Thiruvananthapuram districts. At the same time, 204 patients have recovered from the disease today.”
The district-wise figures of the positive cases are 173 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 53 in Kollam district, 49 from Palakkad district, 44 in Ernakulam district, 42 from Alappuzha district, 39 in Kannur district, 29 from Kasaragod district, 28 each in Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts. 26 each from Kozhikode and Wayanad districts, 21 in Thrissur district, 19 from Malappuram district and 16 in Kottayam district.
157 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 42 from Kollam district, 34 from Ernakulam district, 24 in Alappuzha district, 22 each from Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts, 17 in Idukki district, 14 from Pathanamthitta district, 11 in Wayanad district, eight from Thrissur district, five in Kannur district, four from Palakkad district, three in Malappuram district and one in Kottayam district are those infected through contact. Of these cases, the contact source of 36 is unknown.
The infected health workers are seven in Thiruvananthapuram district, four each from Ernakulam and Idukki districts, two in Kottayam district and one each from Alappuzha and Malappuram districts.
38 patients from Kannur district, 36 in Alappuzha district, 26 from Malappuram district, 25 in Palakkad district, 18 from Pathanamthitta district, 11 in Thrissur district, nine each from Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts, seven in Thiruvananthapuram district, six each from Kottayam and Idukki districts, and four in Wayanad district are those who tested negative today. So far, 5,201 patients have been cured of Coronavirus and 6,416 patients are presently under treatment.
There are a total of 1,73,932 persons under surveillance in various districts of the state. 1,67,091 are under home or institutional quarantine and 6,841 are under observation in hospitals. 1,053 people were admitted to the hospital today.
During the last 24 hours, 18,967 samples were tested. A total of 5,14,140 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 7,016 samples are awaited. Of these, 92,312 samples were collected from high-risk groups of people with more public exposure as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 87,653 samples were negative.
20 new places were designated as hotspots today while six were exempted from the list. Currently, there are 299 hotspots in Kerala.
Covid First-Line Treatment Centres getting ready across the State: Kerala CM
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today informed that Covid First-Line Treatment Centres are being set up across the State as part of strengthening the medical infrastructure facilities and to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing numbers of Coronavirus patients.
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Covid First-Line Treatment Centres are public health centres specially designed to combat the Covid outbreak. These are used as regional centres with essential facilities that do not affect the functioning of the existing public health system in the event of a community spread.”
Local Self Government bodies have identified hotels, halls, and colleges for setting up first-line treatment centres. These centres functioning under the respective LSG bodies will be supervised by the concerned Primary/Family/Community Health Centres or Taluk Hospitals. Medicines, Pulse Oximeters, BP apparatus and other required medical equipments are being set up here. The activities are led by expert health professionals.
Once the test result is reported positive from the District Control Room or the relevant health facility, the patient will be transferred to Covid First-Line Treatment Centre in a specially equipped ambulance.
“In the current situation, those who have an antigen test positive and no symptoms will have to be taken to the First Line Treatment Centers. People who do not have symptoms are more likely to get the disease. In this way, there is potential for community spread. Therefore, it is advisable for those who are positive with no symptoms to be shifted to these centres. Such people should follow the instructions of the health workers and go without any objection. Once the test result is negative, they will be sent back home from the Centres as per the government norms”, the CM said.
Severely ill patients are treated in Covid hospitals with ventilator-ICU facilities and less critically ill patients will be treated at Covid First-Line Treatment Centres. Two Covid hospitals and first-line Covid treatment centres have been set up in each of the districts.
“Private hospitals are also allowed to treat Covid patients. The Departments of Health, Local Self Government and Disaster Management are jointly setting up more treatment centres with 50,000 beds. Small and medium private hospitals will be also be allowed to run the first line Covid treatment centres”, the CM added.
The CM also warned the hypermarkets for operating ignoring the legal instructions and warnings of the government and the police regarding the lockdown. There has been an increase in Covid cases because of their irresponsible actions. He directed the police to take strict action against the owners and operators of these establishments under the relevant laws, including the Kerala Infectious Diseases Ordinance.