Category: Media Update

Press Release:18-07-2020

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.

Press Release:17-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 791 new cases & 133 recoveries today, total 6,029 patients under treatment
20 new hotspots, total 285

Thiruvananthapuram, July 17: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that the situation in some places in the coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district is serious and Covid-19 is spreading at a very fast rate. “The large numbers of cases in these areas are an indication of the disease spread. We can say there is a community spread in these places. The government is taking steps to coordinate all the efforts to face this serious situation.”

791 new cases of Coronavirus infection were confirmed in Kerala today and the total number of confirmed cases in the State is 11,066. Of the cases detected today, 532 are cases of infection through contact and there are 42 cases where the source of infection is unknown. 135 cases are returnees from overseas and 98 from other states. 15 healthcare workers, seven KSC employees and one personnel each of ITBP, BSF and Fire Force were also infected.

The Chief Minister also conveyed his condolences on the death of Shaiju and Murali from Thrissur district. Murali had returned from Saudi Arabia.

The district-wise figures of those who tested positive today are 246 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 115 in Ernakulam district, 87 from Pathanamthitta district, 57 in Alappuzha district, 47 from Kollam district, 39 in Kottayam district, 32 each from Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts, 31 in Palakkad district, 28 from Wayanad district, 25 in Malappuram district, 11 from Idukki district and nine in Kannur district.

240 people in Thiruvananthapuram district, 84 from Ernakulam district, 56 in Pathanamthitta district, 46 from Alappuzha district, 29 in Kollam district, 23 from Kasaragod district, 14 in Kozhikode district, nine from Kottayam district, eight each in Malappuram and Wayanad districts, seven from Thrissur district, six in Idukki district and one each from Palakkad and Kannur districts are those infected through contact.

The 15 infected health workers are four in Thiruvananthapuram district, three each from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Malappuram districts, and one each in Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod districts.

At the same time, the test results of 133 patients under treatment were negative today. 32 patients each from Thrissur and Malappuram districts, nine each in Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts, eight each from Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Kannur districts, seven in Kollam district, six from Alappuzha district, five each in Idukki and Ernakulam districts and four from Wayanad district were those who recovered from Covid. At present, 6,029 patients are still undergoing treatment for the disease.

There are a total of 1,78,481 people under observation in various districts of the state, 1,72,357 in home or institutional quarantine and 6,124 in isolation at hospitals. 1,152 persons were admitted to the hospital today.

In the last 24 hours, 16,642 samples were tested. A total of 4,89,395 samples have been sent for testing so far and the results of 7,610 samples are yet to come. Of these, 88,903 samples were collected from high-risk groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 84,454 samples were negative.

20 new places were declared as hotspots today while six were exempted. There are 285 hotspots in the State now.Community spread in two coastal areas in Thiruvananthapuram district
The Chief Minister informed that community spread has occurred in two places in the coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district. Poonthura, Pulluvilla and its nearby places have seen a rapid increase in the number of contact cases.

“We are moving to the next stage. There will be more restrictions in the capital district, which has a serious outbreak of the disease. Of the 246 positive cases in the district today, only two came from abroad. 237 cases were due to contact. Four healthcare workers were also infected and the source of three cases are unknown. This is an unusual situation. A total lockdown will be implemented in the coastal areas from tomorrow. To implement this effectively, the coastline was divided into three zones. The first zone is from Anchuthengu to Perumatura. The second zone is from Perumatura to Vizhinjam and the third zone is from Vizhinjam to Urampu. A special police force has been set up to control the situation. IAS officers have been designated as Incident Commanders. The District Disaster Management Authority will announce the lockdown guidelines”, the CM said.

The preventive measures will be taken jointly by the health department, police, corporation and panchayats. The services of Janamaithri police officers will also be utilized for the implementation of this system. The work of setting up the First-Line Treatment Centers is being completed expeditiously.

The CM also added, “There will be only cluster-based lockdown now and we are no thinking of full lockdown. I can assure you that the situation is as expected and we are prepared to handle it. We were able to contain the spread till now.”

Press Release:16-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 722 new cases & 228 recoveries today, total 5,372 patients under treatment
35 new hotspots, total 271

722 new active Covid-19 cases were detected in Kerala today even as 228 patients have recovered. Sharing the details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The situation in the State is changing fast. The number of new cases being reported in a single day has crossed 700 and the total number of confirmed cases in the State has crossed 10,000. As of today, there are 10,275 cases.”

The Chief Minister also condoled the deaths of B Aneesh, a 39-year-old from Thrissur district who had returned from Chennai and 25-year-old Mohammed Saleek from Kannur district who had arrived from Ahmadabad.
157 of those diagnosed today have come back from foreign countries and 66 from other states. 481 are contact cases and there are 34 cases without any known source of infection. 12 healthcare workers, five BSP personnel and three ITBP personnel were also infected.
339 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 57 in Ernakulam district, 42 each from Kollam and Malappuram districts, 39 in Pathanamthitta district, 33 from Kozhikode district, 32 in Thrissur district, 26 from Idukki district, 25 from Palakkad district, 23 in Kannur district, 20 from Alappuzha district, 18 in Kasaragod district and 13 each from Kottayam and Wayanad districts were those who tested positive today.
317 people in Thiruvananthapuram district, 50 from Ernakulam district, 24 in Kollam district, 20 from Pathanamthitta district, 13 in Idukki district, 11 from Kasaragod district, eight each in Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur districts, seven each from Alappuzha and Kottayam districts, six in Malappuram district and two from Palakkad district are those infected through contact. The 12 infected health workers are five from Thiruvananthapuram district, two each in Kottayam and Malappuram districts, and one each in Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam districts.
The district-wise figures of those patients who tested negative today are 72 from Palakkad district, 37 in Malappuram district, 23 from Kasaragod district, 18 in Pathanamthitta district, 17 from Kollam district, 13 in Alappuzha district, 10 from Kozhikode district, eight each in Thrissur and Kannur districts, seven each from Kottayam and Ernakulam districts, six in Idukki district and one each from Thiruvananthapuram and Wayanad districts. So far 4,864 people have been cured of Coronavirus and presently, 5,372 people are undergoing treatment.
There are a total of 1,83,900 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. 1,78,468 are under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 5,432 are isolated in hospitals. 804 persons were hospitalised today.
16,052 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. A total of 4,72,271 samples have so far been sent for testing and of these, the results of 7,797 samples are awaited. 85,767 samples were collected from people with high public exposure as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 81,543 samples were confirmed with no infection.
35 new hotspots were announced today while five places were exempted from the list. Overall, there are 271 hotspots in Kerala now.
Ten large community clusters in State, total 84 clusters: Kerala CM
Thiruvananthapuram, July 16: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today informed that there are at present ten large community clusters out of a total of 84 clusters in the State. These are places where the outbreak of the Coronavirus is occurring fast. “There is a possibility of spread happening in these places without visible symptoms. Therefore, people from all walks of life should take preventive measures, assuming that there are patients in their community, whether or not they have been diagnosed with the disease.”

The Chief Minister asked the people to make ‘Break the Chain’, a lifestyle habit. Social distancing, washing hands, and wearing a mask should be made a habit. Everyone should be careful not to ostracise Covid patients and their families. They should be given all possible support they need.

“The experience of Thiruvananthapuram teaches us that the spread of the disease can happen through markets, businesses and hospitals. Public gathering of any kind should be avoided and make sure that sanitizers are available for the public. Everyone should make it a priority to prevent the spread of disease in the society”, said the CM

Recognising the seriousness of the Covid spread, the CM also urged the public to take up the third phase of the ‘Break the Chain’ campaign into a massive popular movement and make it a success.

“In the new situation, the number of tests will be increased as much as possible and steps will be taken to get the result faster. The required manpower will be increased. Private labs will be utilised to the maximum and more testing centres will be started on a priority basis.

Covid first-line treatment centres in all the Panchayats
The Chief Minister also announced that work is underway to set up first-line treatment centres in all the panchayats. A centre with at least 100 beds will be started in each panchayat. The additional health workers required for its implementation will also be mobilised, especially those who can be deployed on an emergency basis.

“A decision was made to mobilize all the health workers and expand our Covid preventive measures. We can only move forward with an inclusive system that can deploy not only those associated with government hospitals but also those working in private hospitals and clinics in the health sector, including students. We expect the private hospitals and clinics will cooperate well with this. The LSG bodies will take the initiative for implementing this”, the CM said.

The Chief Minister also added that some people are spreading false and misleading information about Covid and asked the public to be cautious against such propaganda. “We have been able to effectively control the death toll from Covid so far as a result of the tireless efforts and the vigilance of our society. Kerala’s population density is almost double the national average and this makes it vulnerable to the disease spreading fast. If so, the mortality rate will definitely increase. Any carelessness on our part can lead to a disaster.”

The CM also announced that separate quarantine centres would be set up for police personnel in all the 14 districts.

Minister of Health & Social Justice, Smt K K Shailaja; Revenue Minister, Shri E Chandrasekharan, and Chief Secretary, Dr Vishwas Mehta IAS, were also present for the media briefing.

Press Release:15-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 623 new cases & 196 recoveries today, total 4,880 patients under treatment
16 new hotspots, total 234

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that 623 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 196 patients have recovered. 432 are cases of infection through contact and there are 37 cases where the source of infection is unknown. 96 of those diagnosed today are returnees from overseas and 76 from other states. Nine healthcare workers and an equal number of DSC personnel were also infected. The CM also condoled the demise of 59-year-old Valsamma Joy from Idukki district.

Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The situation is still under control even though super spread has happened and clusters have formed in a few places. It is a matter of concern that the numbers have increased. We should exercise more restrictions to contain the spread. Everyone should cooperate and we will be able to restrict the spread without going to the next stage of community spread. At the same time, steps are being taken to increase testing capabilities.”

The district-wise details of the positive cases are 157 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 74 in Kasargod district, 72 from Ernakulam district, 64 each in Pathanamthitta and Kozhikode districts, 55 from Idukki district, 35 in Kannur district, 25 from Kottayam district, 20 in Alappuzha district. 19 from Palakkad district, 18 in Malappuram district, 11 from Kollam district, five in Thrissur district and four from Wayanad district.

137 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 64 from Ernakulam district, 63 in Kozhikode district, 57 from Kasargod district, 42 in Pathanamthitta district, 23 from Idukki district, 21 in Kottayam district, eight from Kollam district, six in Alappuzha district, four from Malappuram district, three in Kannur district and two each from Thrissur and Palakkad districts were those infected through contact.

53 patients from Palakkad district, 44 in Malappuram district, 19 from Pathanamthitta district, 17 in Kasargod district, 15 from Kozhikode district, 13 in Kottayam district, 11 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 10 in Kannur district, eight from Kollam district, three in Idukki district and one each from Ernakulam, Thrissur and Wayanad districts are those who tested negative today.

Till now, 9,553 Covid cases were confirmed in the State and 4,880 patients are still undergoing treatment. 4,636 have been cured of Coronavirus.

There are at present 1,84,601 people under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,79,612 in home or institutional quarantine and 4,989 in isolation at hospitals. 602 persons were admitted to the hospital today.

In the last 24 hours, 16,444 samples were tested. A total of 4,53,716 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 7,485 samples are expected. Of these, 82,568 samples were collected from high-risk groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance, of which 78,415 samples were negative.

There are 16 new hotspots today while nine places have been exempted from the list. There are 234 hotspots in Kerala now.

Additional funds for LSG bodies in Kerala for Covid prevention work
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today informed that Local Self Government (LSG) bodies in the State who are at the forefront of Covid defence activities and services would have no restrictions on their expenses related to preventive measures.

Briefing media, the Chief Minister said, “Two instalments of plan allocations have already been released and the third instalment for local bodies will be released next week. LSG bodies can spend from the plan fund on setting up quarantine and reverse quarantine facilities, give additional assistance to Covid hospitals, set up first-line treatment centres and run community kitchens without the prior approval of the District Planning Committee. The necessary arrangements will be made in the treasury and the district planning committees would regularise such projects later. The project expenses will be reimbursed from the Disaster Relief Fund.”

LSG Secretaries should submit the relevant documents and the remaining amount will be allocated as part of the plan outlay. District Collectors have been directed to obtain the required additional funds from the Disaster Relief Fund. They will also receive additional funding from the CMDRF to spend as needed.

“LSG bodies should not face financial difficulties and Covid preventive measures should not suffer because there is no money. All the local bodies should move forward with more vigour in the Covid defence activities”, the CM added.

750 bedded Covid first-line treatment centre at Karyavattom Greenfield stadium
As part of strengthening the medical infrastructure facilities in the capital city, the Chief Minister today announced that a 750-bedded Covid First-Line Treatment Centre with state-of-the-art facilities is being set up in Thiruvananthapuram district on an emergency basis. This will be set up at the Karyavattom Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram and its adjoining complex, including the International Convention Center.

“The treatment centre at Greenfield stadium is being set up as an immediate solution to the recent increase in the number of Covid patients in the capital district. The centre will be able to accommodate 500 to 750 patients at a time. Swab collection facility will also available there. All the facilities will be similar to the Covid First-Line Treatment Center set up at the Adlux Convention Center near Angamaly in Ernakulam district”, the CM said.
Two months Social Welfare Pension disbursal by month-end
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that the social welfare pension for the last two months will be disbursed by the end of this month. The pension for May and June would benefit about 45 lakhs people. About 11 lakhs people will get the pension from welfare fund boards. Rs. 1,165 crores will be required for social security pension and Rs. 160 crores for welfare fund boards. The government has approved the funds for disbursal. The deadline for mustering is July 22.

Cabinet Decisions :15-07-2020

നിയമസഭാ സമ്മേളനം ജൂലൈ 27-ന്

2020-21 വര്‍ഷത്തെ ധനകാര്യ ബില്‍ ചര്‍ച്ച ചെയ്യാന്‍ ജൂലൈ 27-ന് നിയമസഭാ സമ്മേളനം വിളിച്ച് ചേര്‍ക്കുന്നതിന് ഗവര്‍ണറോട് ശുപാര്‍ശ ചെയ്യാന്‍ മന്ത്രിസഭായോഗം തീരുമാനിച്ചു.

തദ്ദേശസ്വയംഭരണ പൊതുസര്‍വ്വീസ്

തദ്ദേശസ്വയംഭരണ വകുപ്പിനു കീഴിലുള്ള അഞ്ച് വകുപ്പുകളെ സംയോജിപ്പിച്ച് തദ്ദേശസ്വയംഭരണ പൊതുസര്‍വ്വീസ് രൂപീകരിക്കാന്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചു. പഞ്ചായത്ത്, ഗ്രാമവികസനം, നഗരകാര്യം, എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ്, നഗരഗ്രാമാസൂത്രണം എന്നീ വകുപ്പുകള്‍ ഏകീകരിച്ചാണ് പൊതുസര്‍വ്വീസ്  രൂപീകരിക്കുന്നത്. ലോക്കല്‍ ഗവണ്‍മെന്‍റ് കമ്മീഷന്‍ സമര്‍പ്പിച്ച കരട് ചട്ടങ്ങളും പ്രിന്‍സിപ്പല്‍ സെക്രട്ടറി അധ്യക്ഷനായ കമ്മിറ്റി സമര്‍പ്പിച്ച റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടും പരിഗണിച്ചാണ് ഏകീകരണം. അഞ്ച് വ്യത്യസ്ത വകുപ്പുകള്‍ പരസ്പരം ബന്ധപ്പെടാതെ നില്‍ക്കുന്നത് തദ്ദേശ സ്വയം ഭരണ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളുടെ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങൾ ഏകോപിപ്പിക്കുന്നതിന് തടസ്സമാകുന്നുണ്ട്. ഇത് പരിഹരിക്കാനാണ് പൊതു സർവീസ്.

ഏകീകൃത വകുപ്പിന്‍റെ പേര് ‘തദ്ദേശസ്വയംഭരണ വകുപ്പ്’ എന്നും വകുപ്പ് തലവന്‍റെ പേര് ‘പ്രിന്‍സിപ്പല്‍ ഡയറക്ടര്‍’ എന്നുമായിരിക്കും.

നിലവിലുള്ള ജീവക്കാര്‍ക്ക് ദോഷം വരാതെയായിരിക്കും ഏകീകരണം. വിവിധ തട്ടുകളിലായി കിടക്കുന്ന പ്രാദേശിക ആസൂത്രണ വികസന പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങളുടെ ഏകോപനത്തിനും മികച്ച പ്രാദേശിക ഭരണത്തിനും തദ്ദേശസ്ഥാപനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് മാത്രമായി ഏകീകൃത ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥ സംവിധാനം അനിവാര്യമാണ്.

നിലവിലുള്ള ഗ്രാവികസന കമ്മീഷണറേറ്റ്, പഞ്ചായത്ത് ഡയറക്ടറേറ്റ്, നഗരകാര്യ ഡയറക്ടറേറ്റ് എന്നീ മൂന്നു വകുപ്പുകള്‍ സംയോജിപ്പിച്ച് റൂറല്‍, അര്‍ബന്‍ എന്നീ രണ്ടു വിംഗുകള്‍ രൂപീകരിക്കും. ഗ്രാമവികസന വകുപ്പ് കമ്മീഷണര്‍, പഞ്ചായത്ത് ഡയറക്ടര്‍, നഗരകാര്യ ഡയറക്ടര്‍ എന്നിവര്‍ക്ക് പകരം ഡയറക്ടര്‍, എല്‍.എസ്.ജി.ഡി (റൂറല്‍), ഡയറക്ടര്‍ എല്‍.എസ്.ജി.ഡി (അര്‍ബന്‍) എന്നീ തസ്തികകള്‍ നിലവില്‍ വരും.

ധനസഹായം

ഓടയില്‍ വീണ് മരണപ്പെട്ട കവടിയാര്‍ ശിവകൃപ പണ്ഡിറ്റ് കോളനിവാസി മണിയന്‍ എന്ന അശോക് കുമാറിന്‍റെ ഭാര്യ ലക്ഷ്മിക്ക് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ ദുരിതാശ്വാസ നിധിയില്‍ നിന്ന് നാലു ലക്ഷം രൂപ കൂടി ധനസഹായം അനുവദിക്കും. നേരത്തെ നല്‍കിയ ഒരു ലക്ഷം രൂപയ്ക്കു പുറമെയാണിത്.

മാറ്റം / അധിക ചുമതല

ലാന്‍റ് ബോര്‍ഡ് സെക്രട്ടറി ഡോ. എ. കൗശിഗനെ ഡിസാസ്റ്റര്‍ മാനേജ്മെന്‍റ് കമ്മീഷണറായി മാറ്റി നിയമിക്കും. നിലവിലുള്ള ചുമതലകള്‍ക്കു പുറമെ ലാന്‍റ് ബോര്‍ഡ് സെക്രട്ടറിയുടെയും നാഷണല്‍ സൈക്ലോണ്‍ റിസ്ക് മിറ്റിഗേഷന്‍ പ്രൊജക്ടിന്‍റെ സ്റ്റേറ്റ് പ്രൊജക്ട് മാനേജരുടെയും അധിക ചുമതലകള്‍ കൂടി ഇദ്ദേഹം

Press Release:14-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 608 new cases & 181 recoveries today, total 4,454 patients under treatment
19 new hotspots, total 227

608 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. Briefing the media, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The situation is very serious and it is a matter of grave concern. Today’s number is the highest count of new positive cases being reported on a single day in the State so far. Of the total cases detected today, Thiruvananthapuram district itself accounts for 201 cases. The spread of Covid is becoming severe every day.” He also condoled the death of Nazeer, a 47 year old from Alappuzha district who had come back from abroad.

130 of those diagnosed today have come back from overseas while 68 have returned from other states. 396 are contact cases. Eight health workers, a BSF jawan and two personnel each from ITBP and CISF are also infected. There are 26 cases where the source of infection is unknown.

201 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 70 in Ernakulam district, 58 each from Malappuram and Kozhikode districts, 44 in Kasargod district, 42 from Thrissur district, 34 in Alappuzha district, 26 from Palakkad district, 25 in Kottayam district, 23 from Kollam district, 12 each in Wayanad and Kannur districts, and three from Pathanamthitta district are those who tested positive for Coronavirus today.

177 people in Thiruvananthapuram district, 58 from Ernakulam district, 53 in Kozhikode district, 32 from Thrissur district, 22 in Malappuram district, 20 from Kasargod district, 17 in Alappuzha district, 12 from Kollam district, three in Kottayam district and one each from Palakkad and Kannur districts are those infected through contact.

Meanwhile, the test results of 181 patients undergoing treatment were negative today. 49 patients each from Palakkad and Kannur districts, 21 in Kozhikode district, 17 from Alappuzha district, 15 in Thiruvananthapuram district, nine each from Thrissur and Malappuram districts, five each in Kottayam and Kasargod districts and two from Kollam district are those who recovered from Covid.

The total number of Covid cases confirmed so far in the State is 8,930 and at present, 4,454 patients are under treatment for the same.

There are currently 1,81,847 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. 1,77,067 are under observation in home or institutional quarantine and 4,780 are isolated in hospitals. 720 persons were hospitalised today.

During the last 24 hours, 14,227 samples were analysed. A total of 4,35,043 samples have been sent for testing so far and the results of 7,745 samples are yet to come. As part of Sentinel Surveillance, 79,723 samples were collected from priority groups and 75,338 samples being negative.

19 new places were designated as hotspots today while 10 were excluded from the list. There are 227 hotspots in Kerala now.Kerala now in third phase of Covid outbreak, more caution needed: CM

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that the State is in the third phase of the outbreak of Covid pandemic and people need to be very cautious to stop community spread.

Briefing the media about the daily Covid situation in the State, the Chief Minister said, “Clusters of the disease spread has been found in Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram and few other districts. The next stage is community spread and we should avoid it. The numbers of contact cases are increasing by the day and it is being caused by negligence and carelessness on the part of the public”.

Explaining the stages, the CM said, “According to the World Health Organization, there are four stages to the spread of the disease. First is a no patient scenario, second is a sporadic spread where patients coming from outside the community spread the disease in the community, third is the spread of the disease to certain populations and clusters, and fourth is widespread community spread. We are now facing the third stage.”

It has been more than six months since Covid preventive measures began in the State. The disease is spreading more and more every day and one assessment is that disease control can only be achieved by the end of this year. It is quite natural for healthcare workers to feel fatigued since they have to work hard for such a long time.

In view of the increasing outbreak of Covid, the present activities of the local bodies and the people’s representatives should be further expanded and strengthened to contain its spread. “LSG bodies are local regional governments and the basic foundation of our democratic setup is ward. Hence the Ward Member and Council Member play an important role in Covid preventive measures”, he added.

Elaborate arrangement for Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical entrance

The Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical (KEAM) entrance examination for admissions to the 2020-21 academic year will be held as scheduled on 16 July 2020. Apart from all the districts in Kerala, there are exam centres in Delhi, Mumbai and Dubai, and 1,10,250 students are expected to appear for KEAM examination outside the State.

The Chief Minister informed that in addition to Containment Zones and Hotspots, preparations are being made for the entrance exam in the triple lockdown areas by taking additional precautions to prevent the spread of Covid. The entrance examination will be conducted in an impeccable manner ensuring the complete safety of the students and allaying the concerns of the parents.

Police assistance will be provided to avoid crowding at examination centres and bus stops. The Fire Force will disinfect and sanitise all centres before and after the test. About 3,000 volunteers will also be deployed for the thermal scanning and sanitizing of the candidates.

Separate rooms will be provided for out-of-state students and students coming from quarantine. KSRTC will run special services to the examination centres in the morning and evening as per the requirement of the students. In addition, KSRTC has also prepared a ‘Bus on Demand’ scheme.

70 students from coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district can appear for the examinations at St. Anthony’s HHS, Valiyathura. For students in Delhi and NCR region, the JC Bose University of Science &Technology at Faridabad will be the new centre.

The CM also added that Short Visit Pass will be made available to students from other states through the Covid Jagratha portal.

Press Release:13-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 449 new cases & 162 recoveries today, total 4,028 patients under treatment
Seven new hotspots, total 223

449 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 162 patients under treatment for the same have recovered. Giving details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said the situation today is similar to the last few days. Of the cases detected today, 140 are those who came back from abroad, 64 have arrived from other states and 144 are infected through contact. There are 18 cases where the source of infection is unknown. He also condoled the deaths of Thyagarajan, a 74-year-old in Kollam district and Aisha, a 64-year-old in Kannur district.

The district-wise figures of those who tested positive are 119 from Alappuzha, 63 in Thiruvananthapuram, 47 each from Pathanamthitta and Malappuram, 44 from Kannur, 33 in Kollam, 19 from Palakkad, 16 in Kozhikode, 15 from Ernakulam. 14 in Wayanad, 10 from Kottayam, nine each in Thrissur and Kasargod, and four from Idukki.

57 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 20 each from Kollam and Malappuram districts, 14 in Pathanamthitta district, nine from Kannur district, eight in Kozhikode district and five each from Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts, three in Kottayam district, two from Thrissur district and one in Idukki district, are those infected through contact.

Five health workers were also infected, two in Thiruvananthapuram district and one each in Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kasargod districts. In addition, 77 ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district, 10 DSC jawans and four fire force employees in Kannur district, and a BSF personnel and three KSE employees in Thrissur district were also infected.

28 patients from Malappuram district, 25 in Palakkad district, 20 from Kannur district, 16 in Wayanad district, 14 from Thrissur district, 12 each in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts, 10 from Kollam district, eight in Kozhikode district, seven from Alappuzha district, five in Kasaragod district, three from Thiruvananthapuram district and two in Pathanamthitta district are those whose test results were negative today.

Presently, 4,028 patients are undergoing treatment and so far, 4,259 patients have been cured of Coronavirus.

A total of 1,80,594 people are now under observation in various districts of the state. Of these, 1,76,218 are in home or institutional quarantine and 4,376 are in hospitals. 713 persons were admitted to the hospital today, the highest till date.

During the last 24 hours, 12,230 samples were tested. A total of 4,16,282 samples have been sent for testing so far, and out of these, the results of 5,407 samples are awaited. In addition, as part of Sentinel Surveillance, 74,676 samples were collected from high-risk groups and 78,002 samples were negative.

Seven new places were declared as hotspots and six were excluded. Now, there are 223 hotspots in the State.

Kerala performs well on indicators of containing Covid outbreak: CM
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today informed that the State has maintained good performance on containing the spread of the outbreak. Briefing the media, he said the State’s Covid preventive measures were successful and the model adopted by Kerala has been effective, He also gave details about four indicators where the State has performed well, that is in mortality rate, disease spread, testing and recovery.

Kerala presently has a case fatality rate (deaths per 100 positive cases) of 0.39% as compared to the national average of 2.67% and the world average of 4.38%. The neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have much higher rates. The number of deaths per million in Kerala is 0.9 as against the national figure of 17.

“These figures are a testimony to the fact that we have been able to prevent Covid deaths in a very good way. These figures are not meant to prove anything. Rather, it is to expose the false propaganda that some centres are deliberately making about the Covid defence activities in Kerala. When it comes to testing, the government’s policy is to increase the number of tests,” the Chief Minister said.

Kerala has a test positivity rate (positive cases per 100 tests) of 2.27 which is comparable to world figures. The average test positivity rate in India is 7.46 and it’s much higher in neighbouring states.

Similarly, the test per million versus case per million is an indicator of how many tests are being done in proportion to a positive case. It is advisable to keep it above 50. In Kerala, the test per million vs case per million is now 44. In the case of a high number of positive cases, the number of tests will be increased and the number will be increased to 50 immediately.

“Our figure is way better than other States and the national figure of 13. We are ahead in conducting tests. Our state is at the forefront of preventing outbreaks, controlling mortality and conducting adequate tests, that is why we have been able to get worldwide recognition for the Covid preventive measures. The government and health workers are working together to maintain it”, he added.

Kerala prepares special action plan to contain spread in coastal areas
Chief Minister informed that triple lockdown has been implemented in coastal areas to contain the spread of the pandemic. He also announced that a special action plan has been prepared to prevent the spread of the disease in coastal areas.

Currently, there are 51 clusters including two large community clusters in the state. Intensive efforts are being made to detect contact and infection in these areas. The reverse quarantine and awareness drive is also being implemented. An integrated programme of establishing First-line Treatment Centers, seeking the cooperation of leaders of various sections of the society and public, and providing the best quarantine facilities have been worked out.

“If the rate of increase in the number of patients continues to rise, we will have a hard time. The need for ICUs, ventilators and other facilities may increase as those who need reverse quarantine become more susceptible to infection. The health department is making the arrangements with the support of all departments, including Disaster Management and Police”, he said.

KEAM entrance exams as scheduled

The Chief Minister also announced that the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical (KEAM) entrance examinations would be held as scheduled. Special test centres are being opened in hotspots/containment zones so that student in those areas can take the entrance exam without going out. Special arrangements will be made for those students in quarantine or those coming from red zones.

Press Release:12-07-2020

തീരദേശ തീവ്ര കൺടെയിൻമെൻറ് സോണുകളിൽ ട്രിപ്പിൾ ലോക് ഡൗൺ

കോവിഡ്- 19 അതി വ്യാപനം തടയാൻ സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ തീരപ്രദേശങ്ങളിലെ തീവ്ര കൺടെയിൻമെൻറ് സോണുകളിൽ തിങ്കളാഴ്ച (ജൂലായ് 13 ) വൈകുന്നേരം ആറുമുതൽ ജൂലായ് 23 നു വൈകുന്നേരം ആറു വരെ ട്രിപ്പിൾ ലോക്ക്ഡൌൺ നടപ്പാക്കും.

തിരുവനന്തപുരം കോർപ്പറേഷനിലെ മാണിക്യവിളാകം, പൂന്തുറ, പുത്തൻപള്ളി വാർഡുകൾ,
കൊല്ലത്തെ ചവറ, പന്മന
ആലപ്പുഴയിൽ പട്ടണക്കാട് , കടക്കരപ്പള്ളി, ചേർത്തല സൗത്ത്, മാരാരിക്കുളം നോർത്ത് , കോടംതുരുത്ത് , കുത്തിയതോട്, തുറവൂർ, ആറാട്ടുപുഴ
എറണാകുളത്ത് ചെല്ലാനം,
മലപ്പുറത്ത് വെളിയംകോട് , പെരുമ്പടപ്പ, പൊന്നാനി മുനിസിപ്പാലിറ്റി, താനൂർ മുനിസിപ്പാലിറ്റി എന്നീ തീര മേഖലകളിലാണ് നാളെ മുതൽ നിയന്ത്രണം. ഇതിൽ ചിലയിടങ്ങൾ ഇപ്പോൾത്തന്നെ ട്രിപ്പിൾ ലോക് ഡൗണിലാണ്.

തീര മേഖലകളിലെ തീവ്ര കൺടെയിൻമെൻറ് സോണുകളിൽ ഉള്ള കുടുംബങ്ങൾക്ക് 5 കിലോ അരി സൗജന്യമായി നൽകും.
ഈ പ്രദേശങ്ങളിൽ അവശ്യ വസ്തുക്കൾ വിൽക്കുന്ന കടകൾക്ക് രാവിലെ 7 മുതൽ 9 വരെ സാധനങ്ങൾ ശേഖരിക്കുവാനും രാവിലെ 10 മുതൽ വൈകിട്ട് 6 മണിവരെ വിൽപ്പന നടത്താനും തുറന്നു പ്രവർത്തിക്കാം. പാൽ വിൽക്കുന്ന കടകൾക്ക് രാവിലെ 5 മുതൽ 10 വരെയും വൈകിട്ട് 4 മുതൽ 6 വരെയും പ്രവർത്തിക്കാം. രാത്രി യാത്ര വൈകിട്ട് 7 മണി മുതൽ അതിരാവിലെ 5 മണി വരെ നിരോധിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്.
റവന്യൂ, പോലീസ്, ആരോഗ്യ വകുപ്പ് എന്നിവർ ഉൾപ്പെടുന്ന മുഴുവൻ സമയ റാപ്പിഡ് റെസ്‌പോൺസ് ടീം ഈ മേഖലയിൽ പ്രവർത്തന സജ്ജമായിരിക്കും.

ആവശ്യക്കാർക്ക് മാറി താമസിക്കാൻ റിവേഴ്‌സ് ക്വാറന്റൈൻ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങൾ സജീകരിക്കും. നിർബന്ധപൂർവ്വം മാറ്റി താമസിപ്പിക്കില്ല.
ഈ മേഖലകളിൽ പ്രതിരോധം, കേന്ദ്ര സായുധ പോലീസ് സേന, ട്രഷറി, പൊതു സേവനങ്ങൾ (പെട്രോളിയം, സി‌എൻ‌ജി, എൽ‌പി‌ജി, പി‌എൻ‌ജി ഉൾപ്പെടെ), ദുരന്തനിവാരണ, വൈദ്യുതി ഉൽപാദന-വിതരണം , പോസ്റ്റോഫീസുകൾ, നാഷണൽ ഇൻഫോർമാറ്റിക്സ് സെന്റർ, മുന്നറിയിപ്പ് സംവിധാനങ്ങൾ എന്നിവ ഒഴികെ സംസ്ഥാന / കേന്ദ്രഭരണ സർക്കാരുകളുടെ ഓഫീസുകൾ, അവയുടെ സ്വയംഭരണ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങൾ, കോർപ്പറേഷനുകൾ എന്നിവ അടച്ചിടും.

ദുരന്തനിവാരണ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങൾ, പോലീസ്, ഹോം ഗാർഡുകൾ, സിവിൽ ഡിഫൻസ്, ഫയർ ആൻഡ് റെസ്ക്യൂ സർവീസസ്, ജയിലുകൾ
ജില്ലാ ഭരണം, റവന്യൂ ഡിവിഷണൽ ഓഫീസ്, താലൂക്ക് ഓഫീസ്, വില്ലേജ് ഓഫീസ്, ട്രഷറി . വൈദ്യുതി, വെള്ളം, ശുചിത്വം എന്നീ മേഖലകൾ പ്രവർത്തിക്കും. ഡിസ്പെൻസറികൾ, കെമിസ്റ്റ്, മെഡിക്കൽ ഉപകരണ ഷോപ്പുകൾ, ലബോറട്ടറികൾ, ക്ലിനിക്കുകൾ, നഴ്സിംഗ് ഹോമുകൾ, ആംബുലൻസ് മുതലായ പൊതു-സ്വകാര്യ മേഖലകളിലെ ആശുപത്രികളും അവയുടെ ഉൽ‌പാദന, വിതരണ യൂണിറ്റുകളും ഉൾപ്പെടെ എല്ലാ അനുബന്ധ മെഡിക്കൽ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളും പ്രവർത്തിക്കും. ആരോഗ്യപ്രവർത്തകർക്കു വേണ്ടിയുള്ളതും മറ്റ് ആശുപത്രി സഹായ സേവനങ്ങൾക്കുമുള്ളതുമായ ഗതാഗതം അനുവദിക്കും. കണ്ടെയ്ൻ‌മെൻറ് സോണിൽ എവിടെയും നിർ‌ത്താൻ‌ അനുവദിക്കില്ലെന്ന നിബന്ധനയോടെ ദേശീയപാതയിലൂടെയുള്ള ഗതാഗതം അനുവദിക്കും. എടിഎമ്മുകൾ അനുവദനീയമാണ്.
മെഡിക്കൽ അടിയന്തിര സാഹചര്യങ്ങൾ, അവശ്യവസ്തുക്കളുടെയും സേവനങ്ങളുടെയും വിതരണം നിലനിർത്തുക എന്നിവയല്ലാതെ കണ്ടെയിന്മെന്റ് സോണുകളിലേക്കോ പുറത്തേക്കോ ഉള്ള യാത്ര അനുവദിക്കില്ല.

Press Release:11-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
488 new cases & 143 recoveries today, total 3,442 patients under treatment
16 new hotspots, total 195
 

Thiruvananthapuram, July 10:  488 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 143 patients have recovered. Sharing the details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said that 234 were cases of infection through contact as 167 were in those who came back from overseas and 76 from other states.
 
The CM also condoled the deaths of Saifuddin, a 66-year old in Thiruvananthapuram and P K Balakrishnan Nair, a 79-year old in Ernakulam district.
 
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The situation is similar to the last few days and we are moving to a very serious condition. The figures available today are indicative of an increase in the spread of the disease across the state. Daily cases are on the rise, the numbers of contact cases are also increasing and there are several cases without any known source of infection. Super spread is already there and this can any moment become a community spread which we should avoid at all cost. It is also a matter of concern that the situation is very grim in coastal areas.”
 
The district-wise figures of those who tested positive today are 87 from Alappuzha district, 69 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 54 from Pathanamthitta district, 51 in Malappuram district, 48 from Palakkad district, 47 in Ernakulam district (one dead), 29 from Thrissur district, 19 in Kannur district, 18 each from Kollam and Kasargod districts, 17 in Kozhikode district, 15 from Kottayam district, 11 in Wayanad district and five from Idukki district.
 
57 people in Thiruvananthapuram district, 51 from Alappuzha district, 35 in Ernakulam district, 29 from Pathanamthitta district, 27 in Malappuram district, 10 from Kozhikode district, nine in Kollam district, seven from Kasargod district, four each in Thrissur and Kottayam districts and one from Kannur district are those who were infected through contact.
 
Three health workers were also infected, one each in Alappuzha, Kottayam and Idukki districts. In addition, four DSC employees from Kannur district, two ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district, a BSF jawan each in Thrissur and Palakkad districts were infected with the disease.
 
43 patients from Pathanamthitta district, 26 in Kollam district, 17 from Thrissur district, 15 in Malappuram district, 11 from Alappuzha district, seven in Palakkad district, six each from Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam districts, four each in Idukki and Kozhikode districts, three from Ernakulam district and one in Kannur district are those whose test results were negative today. Presently, 3,442 patients are undergoing treatment while 3,965 people have so far been cured of Coronavirus.
 
At present, there are 1,82,050 people under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,78,356 under home or institutional quarantine and 3,694 isolated in hospitals. 570 people were hospitalised today.
 
12,104 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. A total of 3,34,849 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 6,449 samples are yet to come. As part of Sentinel Surveillance, 73,768 samples were collected from high-risk groups and 66,636 samples were negative.
 
16 new places were designated as hotspots today while 15 were excluded from the list. There are a total of 195 hotspots now in Kerala.

Press Release:10-07-2020

416 new cases & 112 recoveries today, total 3,099 patients under treatment
14 new hotspots, total 194
 

Thiruvananthapuram, July 10:  Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that 416 new positive cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today even as 112 patients under treatment have recovered from the same. 204 are cases of local transmission while 123 are those who came back from foreign countries and 51 from other states.
 
Sharing his concern at the rising number of cases through contact, the Chief Minister said, “It is a day when the number of people infected through contact has increased more than the number of people coming from outside. This is a dangerous situation where contact cases are increasing especially cases without known sources of infection. There is no community spread yet but super spread which is a step towards community spread.”
 
129 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 50 in Alappuzha district, 41from Malappuram district, 32 in Pathanamthitta district, 28 each from Kollam and Palakkad districts, 23 in Kannur district, 20 from Ernakulam district, 17 each in Thrissur and Kasargod districts, 12 each from Kozhikode and Idukki districts, and seven from Kottayam district were those who tested positive for Coronavirus today.
 
The country-wise details of those infected are UAE-58, Kuwait-20, Saudi Arabia-20, Qatar-13, Oman-5, Bahrain-3, UK-1, Kyrgyzstan-1, Taiwan-1 and Africa-1. The state-wise split up is Karnataka-22, Maharashtra-8, Tamil Nadu-6, Delhi-4, Telangana-3, West Bengal-2, Rajasthan-2, Uttar Pradesh-2, Bihar-1 and Madhya Pradesh-1.
 
122 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 21 from Malappuram district, 15 each in Kollam and Ernakulam districts, 11 from Kasargod district, seven in Kozhikode district, five from Pathanamthitta district, four in Alappuzha district, two from Idukki district and one each in Kottayam and Thrissur districts are those infected through contact. In addition, 35 ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district, two BSF personnel in Thrissur district and a CISF personnel in Kannur district were also infected.
 
24 patients from Alappuzha district, 19 in Thrissur district, 18 from Malappuram district, 14 in Kannur district, nine from Kottayam district, eight in Palakkad district, five from Thiruvananthapuram district, four each in Idukki, Ernakulam and Wayanad districts, and three from Kasargod district, are those who tested negative today. Presently, 3,099 patients are undergoing treatment for Covid.
 
A total of 1,84,112 people are under surveillance in various districts of the state. 1,80,595 are under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 3,517 are in isolation at hospitals. 472 persons were admitted to the hospital today.
 
In the last 24 hours, 11,693 samples were tested. A total of 3,20,485 samples have been sent for testing so far and out of these, the results of 4,525 samples are awaited. As part of Sentinel Surveillance, 70,122 samples were collected from priority groups with more public exposure and 66,132 samples were negative.
 
Today 14 new hotspots were announced as one was excluded from the list. There are currently 194 hotspots in the State.Covid testing and treatment facilities to be ramped up in Kerala: CM
 
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan announced that both Covid testing and facilities to treat Covid patients would be ramped up in the State in view of the rising number of cases in the past few weeks. The CM also mentioned that there has been a drastic increase in the rate of spread in contact cases, from 6.1% on June 30 to 20.64% on July 09.
 
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The increasing number of contact cases in proportion to the total number of cases leads to a dangerous situation. We are increasing the testing with the possibility of more people in the community getting infected. Two Covid hospitals are being set up in each district for the treatment of critically ill patients. Covid Firstline Care Centres have been set up attached to Covid Hospital to treat the not so severely ill. Plans A, B and C have been prepared to ensure the treatment in collaboration with the private sector in case the number of patients increases exponentially.”
 
All major cities in India faced a situation where a cluster had first formed in a single location, followed by multiple clusters, and thus spreading to a larger area leading to a community spread. “A similar super spread situation is found here. If not taken care, the disease can spread faster than expected. In a small densely populated state like Kerala, it will not take long for it to spread all over. It is time to realize that we are facing a major disaster. Meanwhile, some forces are deliberately trying to sabotage our fight against Covid and push the society as a whole to a disaster”, the CM cautioned.
 
Large community cluster in three wards of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation
 
The Triple Lockdown has been implemented in Thiruvananthapuram and the restrictions have been strengthened. In the case study, five clusters were identified in the district. All these clusters are concentrated in Thiruvananthapuram city, in three wards of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation.
 
So far there have been two large community clusters in Kerala, the first was in Ponnani (in Malappuram District) and the second is in Thiruvananthapuram. Scientific cluster management strategies are being implemented in these places. A detailed examination will be done to determine whether clusters are formed within the containment zones and testing will be intensified for this. The cooperation of the people is essential in this effort and effective implementation of cluster management is necessary to avoid a community spread.
 
The CM has advised the public to be cautious about the malicious messages being circulated to instigate them. “Wrong propaganda is being spread to derail our efforts to contain the outbreak.”