Category: Press Release

Press Release:15-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
3,215 new cases & 2,532 recoveries today, total 31,156 patients under treatment
Total recoveries cross 80,000 mark

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 15: Covid-19 was confirmed in 3,215 persons in Kerala today while 2,532 patients have recovered from the disease as per the Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan. 3,013 people were infected through contact and the source of infection of 313 was unknown. 43 of those diagnosed today have come back from foreign countries and 70 from other states. 89 healthcare workers were also infected by Coronavirus.
 
12 deaths were reported today. Muhammed Ali Haji (87), Paulson (53) & Chandran Nair (79) from Thrissur district, Madhavan (63) from Malappuram district; Leela (60), Harindran (67), Shahunathumma (64), Narayana Pillai (89) & Stanley (54) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Raveendran (69) from Kozhikode district, Ismail (55) from Ernakulam district and Khalid (55) from Palakkad district are the deceased. This takes the Covid related death toll in the State to 466.
 
The numbers of new active cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 656, Malappuram 348, Alappuzha 338, Kozhikode 260, Ernakulam 239, Kollam 234, Kannur 213, Kottayam 192, Thrissur 188, Kasargod 172, Pathanamthitta 146, Palakkad 136, Wayanad 64 and Idukki 29.
 
The district-wise details of the locally transmitted cases are Thiruvananthapuram 626, Alappuzha 327, Malappuram 324, Kozhikode 256, Kollam and Ernakulam 229 each, Kottayam 189, Thrissur 180, Kasaragod 168, Kannur 165, Palakkad 132, Pathanamthitta 99, Wayanad 62 and Idukki 27.
 
The district-wise figures for the infected 89 healthcare workers are Kannur 31, Thiruvananthapuram 23, Malappuram 8, Ernakulam 7, Pathanamthitta 6, Thrissur 5, Kasaragod 4, Palakkad 3 and Alappuzha & Wayanad one each.
 
The count of patients who tested negative today, district-wise are Thiruvananthapuram 268, Kollam 151, Pathanamthitta 122, Alappuzha 234, Kottayam 138, Idukki 43, Ernakulam 209, Thrissur 120, Palakkad 120, Malappuram 303, Kozhikode 306, Wayanad 32, Kannur 228 and Kasargod 258.
 
At present, 31,156 Covid patients are undergoing treatment in the State while a total of 82,345 persons have so far been cured.
 
Overall, there are 2,08,141 people under observation in various districts of the state, 1,85,514 under home  & institutional quarantine and 22,627 in hospitals. 2,324 persons were hospitalised today.
 
41,054 samples were analysed during the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 21,98,858 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,90,612 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
There are 10 new hotspots even as 10 places were excluded from the list. At this time, there are 617 hotspots in Kerala.

Covid situation in the State very much under control: Kerala CM
 

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has reiterated that the Covid-19 situation in the State was very much under control despite the rising number of cases. It may be recalled that the State has seen a spike in the number of new active cases during the last month.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “It is because our vigilance and the effective preventive measures from the beginning that we have been able to control the spread of disease and death in a better way in our State as compared to the overall situation in the world. Kerala has seen only 13 deaths per million (10 lakhs) as against the national figure of 58. Our neighbouring states have much higher figures (Tamil Nadu – 117 & Karnataka – 120. If the rate of spread of the disease exceeds what the treatment system can accommodate, the death toll will increase and we must make all efforts to stop that. But it looks like people are less cautious now. Today itself, 5,901 incidents of not wearing masks were reported.” He cautioned the people not to fall for any false propaganda.
 
The CM also added that there is a concerted effort by the opposition to derail the efforts of the government in containing the outbreak of the pandemic.
 
Rs 39 crores financial assistance distributed to 78,000 returned NRIs
 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that an amount of Rs 39 crores have been disbursed through NORKA to 78,000 expatriates who lost their jobs and returned to Kerala.
 
So far 10,05,211 people have returned to Kerala. Of these, 62.16% (6,24,826) were domestic travellers and the rest 3,80,385 (37.84%) were international travellers. The highest number of 1,91,332 international travellers came from the UAE accounting for 50.29% of the total international passengers. This was followed by 59,329 from Saudi Arabia and 37,078 from Qatar.
 
About 59.67% of domestic travellers came to Kerala from the Red Zone districts in different parts of the country. The highest number of 1,83,034 domestic passengers came from Karnataka followed by 1,67,881 from Tamil Nadu and 71,690 from Maharashtra.

Press Release:14-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
2,540 new cases & 2,110 recoveries today, total 30,486 patients under treatment

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 2,540 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 2,110 patients under treatment have recovered from the disease. 2,346 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection of 212 was unknown. 34 of those diagnosed have returned from foreign countries and 73 from other states. 64 healthcare workers were also infected.
 
15 Covid related deaths were reported in the State taking the death toll to 454. The deceased are George (62), Aisha (60) & Ibrahim (58) from Malappuram district; Gangadharan (65), Kannappan (37) & Thankamani (65) from Palakkad district; Baburajan (56), Sasidharan (65) & Ashokan (60) from Kollam district, P V Paulose (79) from Ernakulam district, Muraleedharan (65) from Kozhikode district; Akshaya (13), Rajan (59) & Sicily (60) from Thiruvananthapuram district and Narayanan Acharya (68) from Kasargod district.
 
The district-wise numbers of the new positive cases are Malappuram 482, Kozhikode 382, Thiruvananthapuram 332, Ernakulam 255, Kannur 232, Palakkad 175, Thrissur 161, Kollam 142, Kottayam 122, Alappuzha 107, Idukki 58, Kasaragod 56, Wayanad 20 and Pathanamthitta 16.
 
The count of the locally transmitted cases in the districts are Malappuram 457, Kozhikode 377, Thiruvananthapuram 313, Ernakulam 214, Kannur 192, Palakkad 156, Thrissur 155, Kollam 130, Kottayam 121, Alappuzha 104, Idukki & Kasargod 49 each, Pathanamthitta 15 and Wayanad 14.
 
The details of the infected healthcare workers district-wise are Kannur 24, Thiruvananthapuram 16, Kollam 6, Ernakulam & Malappuram 5 each, Kasargod 3, Thrissur 2 and Alappuzha, Wayanad & Kozhikode one each. 23 INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected by Coronavirus.
 
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 415, Kollam 165, Pathanamthitta 103, Alappuzha 198, Kottayam 121, Idukki 25, Ernakulam 125, Thrissur 140, Palakkad 93, Malappuram 261, Kozhikode 123, Wayanad 76, Kannur 135 and Kasaragod 130.
 
So far, 79,813 persons have been cured of Covid in the State and at present, 30,486 patients are undergoing treatment.
 
A total of 2,05,158 people are under observation across the State, 1,82,241 under home or institutional quarantine and 22,917 in isolation at hospitals. 2,213 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
22,279 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 21,52,585 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,89,265 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
17 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while nine were exempted. Currently, there are 615 hotspots in Kerala.
Kerala to conduct genetic study of Covid patients: CM
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced a state-wide genetic study on Covid patients. Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “A genetic study of patients infected by the Coronavirus was conducted in the northern districts of the State in collaboration with the Institute of Genomics and Integrated Biology under CSIR. This will be extended across the State.”
 
The CM added that as per the experts, the rate of the spread of the virus is very high in the State. “The elderly should especially be more cautious as they are more prone to be infected by the virus and the death toll is likely to rise. The ‘Break the Chain’ campaign should be made more stringent and efficient. With the opening up of the public transport services and other closed establishments, Kerala should expect to see a hike in the number of Covid cases as the spread of the disease would be much higher than it is today.”
CFLTCs being speeded up to handle an increase in patients 
The Chief Minister has informed that the Government has expedited the setting up of Covid First Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) in all the districts as the numbers of patients are increasing.
 
“CFLTCs are being transformed into public healthcare centres specially designed to combat the outbreak of the pandemic. All facilities at CFLTCs including doctors and other staff as required are being provided. At present, 194 CFLTCs with 26,425 beds are operational with 50% occupancy. A total of 1,21,055 beds will be set up in 1,391 CFLTCs across the State, said the CM.”
 
The Covid First-Line Treatment Centres are mainly for asymptomatic Covid positive patients. They are given necessary inpatient treatment under the direct supervision of a physician along with free food and accommodation. The facilities of specialist doctors are also available through telemedicine.
Covid Brigade to be expanded with more healthcare workers 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that the Covid Brigade in the State will be expanded to provide the services of more healthcare workers for Covid treatment. The Covid Brigade was set up to support the functioning of CFLTCs following the expert opinion that the Covid outbreak would increase by September. The necessary medical systems and human resources needed would be enhanced.
 
The Covid Brigade consists of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and other health workers required at First Line Treatment Centres. They will be deployed in districts where there is a shortage of health workers. The first mission of the Covid Brigade was to carry out Covid defence activities at Kasargod. The first group consisted of 26 people, including six doctors.
 
So far, 13,577 medical professionals have registered as volunteers in the Covid Brigade. This includes 2,562 doctors, 833 BAMs, 1,080 BDS, 293 MBBS, 2,811 nurses, 747 lab technicians, 565 pharmacists and 3,827 non-technicians.
 
The CM has exhorted more people to come forward to volunteer for the Covid Brigade. Registration can be done online on the Covid Jagratha Portal.

Press Release:05-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
2,655 new cases & 2,111 recoveries today, total 21,800 patients under treatment
Tests in last 24 hours: 40,162

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 05: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 2,655 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. Of these, 2,433 are locally transmitted cases and the contact source in 220 cases was unknown. 38 of them are returnees from foreign countries and 114 from other states. 61 healthcare workers were also among those infected. At the same time, 2,111 patients under treatment for the disease have recovered today.
 
11 deaths have been reported today as due to Covid. Vijayakumar (61), Maniyan Nadar (70), V K Devassia (73) & Shyamala (62) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Abdul Kareem (78) from Kannur district; Dhanya (26), Asha Mujeeb (45), Ashwathi (25) & Sudhakumari (54) from Kollam district, Dhanalakshmi (60) from Thrissur district and Befathima (80) from Kasaragod district are the deceased. This takes the Covid related death toll in the State to 337.
 
590 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 276 from Kasaragod district, 249 in Malappuram district, 244 from Kozhikode district, 222 from Kannur district, 186 in Ernakulam district, 170 from Kollam district, 169 from Thrissur district, 148 in Pathanamthitta district, 131 from Alappuzha district, 119 from Kottayam district, 100 in Palakkad district, 31 from Idukki district and 20 from Wayanad district are those who tested positive for Coronavirus today.
 
Those infected through contact are 574 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 249 from Kasargod district, 236 in Malappuram district, 235 from Kozhikode district, 186 in Kannur district, 169 from Ernakulam district, 164 in Kollam district, 157 from Thrissur district, 118 in Kottayam district, 117 from Alappuzha district, 109 in Pathanamthitta district, 84 from Palakkad district, 21 in Idukki district and 14 from Wayanad district.
 
The infected healthcare workers are 18 in Kannur district, 13 in Thiruvananthapuram district, six each in Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam districts, five in Kasaragod district, four in Malappuram district, three in Palakkad district, and two each in Alappuzha, Thrissur and Kozhikode districts.
Nine INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected.
 
The district-wise numbers of patients who tested negative today are 512 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 134 from Kollam district, 140 in Pathanamthitta district, 32 from Alappuzha district, 121 in Kottayam district, 60 from Idukki district, 128 in Ernakulam district, 110 from Thrissur district, 112 in Palakkad, 338 from Malappuram district, 193 in Kozhikode district, 29 from Wayanad district, 124 in Kannur district and 78 from Kasaragod district.
 
21,800 Covid patients are still undergoing treatment in the State while a total of 62,559 persons have so far been cured of the disease.
 
There are currently 1,98,120 people under observation in various districts of the state, 1,80,898 under home or institutional quarantine and 17,222 in hospitals. 2,523 persons were admitted to the hospital today.
 
40,162 samples were analysed during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 18,32,275 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,82,837 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
14 new places were declared as hotspots today while 22 places were exempted. At present, there are 551 hotspots in Kerala.

Kerala performing well on Covid parameters: Chief Minister

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the State is doing well on all Covid parameters as decided by the WHO and ICMR despite the rising number of new active cases.

Addressing the media about the Covid situation in the State, the Chief Minister said, “As compared to most of the other States, Kerala has performed well due to our proactive Covid preventive measures. Even though the numbers of new cases are increasing, we could contain the spread of the pandemic. The level of caution and actions taken here as part of the defence activities can be seen in comparison to the situation in other states. Whatever the indicators, we are dealing with this pandemic in a relatively better way.”

Cases per million: The number of cases per million gives an idea about how many people per million people were infected. Kerala has 2,168 cases per million as against the national average of 2,731. Andhra Pradesh has 8,479 cases per million and it is more than 5,000 in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. We must also remember that we are far ahead of these states in terms of population density.

Number of active cases: Kerala is far ahead of neighbouring states in the number of active cases. As on September 01, there were 22,578 active cases in the state as compared to 91,018 active cases in Karnataka and 52,379 cases in Tamil Nadu.

Discharge policy: Kerala has a strict discharge policy where the patient is discharged only after the antigen test is negative while in most other States, they are discharged after 10 days if there are no symptoms. The government is not ready to compromise on its determination to do its utmost to ensure the safety of the people.

Deaths per million: Kerala has one of the lowest mortality rate of 8.4 deaths per million as compared to the national average of 48. The neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu it is almost 11 times higher than ours while in Karnataka, the death toll is about 12 times higher.

Case fatality rate: The case fatality rate is the number of deaths per 100 infected persons. In Kerala, it is 0.4 while it is 1.7 in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and 0.9 in Andhra Pradesh.

“Ours is the most populous state in India in terms of the number of elderly and those suffering from diseases like cancer and diabetes. Yet maintaining the lowest death toll is a testament to the excellence of our work across the country. Kerala is far ahead in terms of tests as well. It follows the methods defined by agencies like the World Health Organization and the ICMR. Accordingly, if we use the scientific indicator Tests per Million by Case per Million, we can see that we are conducting tests in a better way”, the CM said.

Testing rate: Kerala’s test per million by case per million is 22. This means that when 22 people are tested, one person is diagnosed with the disease. In Tamil Nadu, it is 11 and 8.4 in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Test positivity rate: It is advisable to have a low test positivity rate. Kerala has a test positivity rate of 4.3 as compared to 8.9 in Tamil Nadu and 11.8 in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. These figures show that Kerala has conducted Tests better than these states.

“Even though these parameters are low, we will not stop here. The government will analyze these figures and take all possible steps to reduce the spread of the disease in the coming days”, he added.

Press Release:03-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
1,553 new cases & 1,950 recoveries today, total 21,516 patients under treatment

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 1,553 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today even as 1,950 patients under treatment for the same have recovered. 1,391 people were infected through contact and the source of infection of 156 is unknown. 28 of those diagnosed today have arrived from overseas and 90 from other states.
 
10 deaths were also reported. Lochannan (93), Krishnan Assari (86), Nirmala (60), Rajendran (52), Biju Kumar (45), Sibi (29) & Shanta (75) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Yashoda (84) from Kannur district, Mohammad Haji (71) from Palakkad district and Thankam Menon (81) from Ernakulam district are the deceased. This takes the Covid related death toll in the State to 315.
 
317 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 164 from Ernakulam district, 160 from Kottayam district, 133 from Kasargod district, 131 from Kozhikode district, 118 from Pathanamthitta district, 93 from Thrissur district, 91 from Malappuram district, 87 in Alappuzha district, 74 from Kannur district, 65 in Kollam district, 58 from Palakkad district, 44 in Idukki district and 18 from Wayanad district are those who tested positive today for Coronavirus.
 
The locally transmitted cases were detected in 299 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 135 from Ernakulam district, 158 from Kottayam district, 118 from Kasaragod district, 122 from Kozhikode district, 97 from Pathanamthitta district, 90 from Thrissur district, 85 from Malappuram district, 83 from Alappuzha district, 64 from Kannur district, 55 from Kollam district, 50 from Palakkad district, 20 from Idukki district and 15 from Wayanad district.
 
40 healthcare workers were also infected by the disease – 15 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 10 in Ernakulam district, four in Kozhikode district, three in Kannur district, two each in Kollam and Kasaragod districts, and one each in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts. Four INHS personnel in Ernakulam district are among those infected.
 
The district-wise figures of patients who tested negative are 343 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 81 in Kollam district, 36 from Pathanamthitta district, 212 in Alappuzha district, 117 from Kottayam district, 22 in Idukki district, 209 from Ernakulam district, 145 in Thrissur district, 68 from Palakkad district, 210 in Malappuram district, 186 from Kozhikode district, 17 in Wayanad district, 137 from Kannur district and 167 in Kasaragod district.
 
So far, 57,732 persons have been cured of Covid and at present, 21,516 patients are undergoing treatment in the State.
 
Currently, there are a total of 1,92,168 people under quarantine in various districts of the state, 1,74,135 under home or institutional quarantine and 18,033 in hospitals. 1,703 persons were admitted to the hospital today.
 
30,342 samples were analysed in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 17,55,568 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,80,540 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
There are eight new hotspots in the State while 14 places were exempted today bringing down the total number of hotspots to 569.

Kerala CM warns possibility of Onam Covid clusters in the State
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today warned about the possibility of the formation of new Covid clusters in the State after the culmination of Onam festivities.

Briefing the media about the Covid situation in the State, the Chief Minister said, “Even though the number of new Covid cases being reported in the State has come down in the last few days, the test positivity rate was much higher than the usual rate and this is a matter of concern. Moreover, the number of tests being conducted in the last few days had also come down due to reluctance of people to go in for testing during the Onam festival time and a large number of public holidays. (It may be noted that there were six public holidays in the last week.) The next two weeks period is crucial as we may see Onam clusters being formed in the State due to increased outdoor public activity and travel during the festival time. We can expect a hike in the Covid cases.”

The CM has exhorted everyone to be more vigilant until a vaccine is available and practise caution as a social vaccine. “We now need to effectively implement social vaccines like Break the Chain. Caution should be exercised in anticipation of the possibility of new clusters and increased spread of the outbreak”, he added.

Good response to Covid Brigade
The Chief Minister informed that there has been a very good response to the call for people to volunteer for the Covid Brigade. The registration on the Covid Jagratha Portal has increased significantly. So far, 12,804 people have registered out of which 6,236 are medical professionals. There are 2,397 doctors, 2,605 nurses, 706 lab technicians and 530 pharmacists registered from all streams of medicine including Allopathy, Ayurveda and Homoeopathy. All these registered people will be kept ready as a reserve force. If the number of cases increases as predicted by experts, their services can be used in hospitals and Covid First-Line Treatment Centres. The first team has gone to Kasargod yesterday for deployment. The CM also requested more people to register for the Covid Brigade.

Kerala to set up its first Open University at Kollam
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced the setting up of the first Open University of the State at Kollam as a tribute to Sree Narayana Guru, the implementer of non- formal education and the beacon of renaissance movement in the State.

Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Yesterday was Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti. It is the desire of every Malayalee to have suitable monuments to the Guru. The decision to set up the first Open University in Kerala in his name is being announced here. The Open University will be established on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti day. The new university will be headquartered in Kollam, the ancient port city and labour centre of Kerala. The Open University will be integrated with the existing distance learning systems of the four existing universities.”

The Open University will award diploma certificates to those who drop out without completing the course. The Open University will feature online classes by nationally and internationally renowned faculty and experts. The new university will utilize the labs and other infrastructure of government and aided colleges. In addition to the traditional courses, the Open University would also offer skill development courses.

“This will provide an opportunity for people of any age to learn. This will be the beginning of a big change in the popularisation of education in the State”, the CM added.

Press Release:30-08-2020

Kerala CM announces 100 days 100 projects action plan Onam bonanza

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced 100 projects in the State that will be completed in the next 100 days as part of an action plan to boost the socio-economic status of the State.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “This is the Kerala Government’s Onam gift for its people. Kerala’s economic growth should not be stagnant during the Covid season. We have to face new challenges as per the changing needs of the people. We will speed up projects which were delayed due to the outbreak of the pandemic. I am sure the 100 projects in 100 days action plan will boost the economy and society. It is a fulfilment of the promises when this government came to power and bring relief to the common man directly. ”

The CM declared that as part of the food security programme, the distribution of the much-lauded food kits launched by the government during the Covid crisis will continue for the next four months. The grocery kit will be distributed through ration shops. This would directly benefit about 88 lakh ration cardholders in the State.

Social Security: This government has brought in changes in the distribution of social welfare pensions. The social security and welfare pensions are increased by Rs 100 each and now will be paid monthly. It may be noted that since this Government came to power, it has gradually increased the pension from Rs 600 to Rs. 1,300. The number of beneficiaries has also increased from 35 lakhs to 58 lakhs during this period. It has possible to distribute the pension without any arrears.

Health Services: The government has made great strides in improving the infrastructure of government hospitals and enhancing human resources. The public health system will be further strengthened in the fight against Covid. Since the outbreak, 9,768 healthcare workers have been recruited through the National Health Mission. If required, more staff will be added to the health system within the next 100 days. The operation of Covid Firstline Treatment Centres will be made more efficient and the number of tests will be increased to 50,000 per day.

The Government aims to transform the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the State into fully equipped Family Health Centres (FHCs) with hospital facilities. So far 386 FHCs have been completed and commissioned. In the next 100 days, 153 FHCs will be inaugurated. 24 new 100ldings will be completed as part of Medical College / District / General / Taluk Hospitals. 10 new dialysis centres, nine scanning centres, three Cath labs and two modern cancer treatment facilities will be completed.

Education Sector: All government schools with more than 500 students are being built with KIIFB funding. 35 school buildings constructed at a cost of Rs 5 crores and 14 school buildings constructed at a cost of` Rs 3 crores will be inaugurated within the next days. The construction of 27 100other school buildings will be completed and the construction of 250 new school buildings will be started.

The programme to transform all LP schools into hi-tech schools is progressing with funding from KIIFB. Hi-tech computer labs will be set up in 11,400 schools. The Vidyashree project to distribute laptops to five lakhs school children under the auspices of KSFE and Kudumbasree will start within 100 days. 10 ITIs renovated at a cost of Rs 18 crores will be inaugurated.

150 new courses will be allotted in government and aided colleges in the state. The first 100 courses will be announced by September 15. APJ Abdul Kalam University and Malayalam University will complete the land acquisition for the permanent campus and lay the foundation stone. Buildings for 32 higher education institutions will be completed with an investment of Rs 126 crores.

Employment: A special task force will be set up under the Legal, Finance and Public Administration Departments to make special rules in 11 institutions assigned to the PSC. Within 100 days, 1,000 posts will be created in the college and higher secondary sectors. 50,000 people will be employed in the non-agricultural sector through 15,000 new ventures. The main agencies will be Local Co-operative Banks, Kudumbasree, KFC, District Industrial Centres and Local Bodies. Each agency will publish additional jobs created through a dedicated portal.

Transportation: An amount of Rs 961 crores will be provided from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund for the rehabilitation of 5,000 rural roads. Administrative sanction of Rs 392.09 crores for rural roads will be done as part of Rebuild Kerala.

189 PWD roads funded by KIIFB and built at a cost of Rs 1,451 crores will be opened to traffic. 158 km of KSTP roads worth Rs 901 crores and 21 bridges including Kundannur and Vyttila flyovers will be inaugurated in the next 100 days. 41 KIIFB projects tendered for Rs 671.26 crores will be inaugurated by November.

Of the 590 km of Kovalam – Bekal waterway, 453 km will be made navigable. Boat jetties at Champakulam, Parassinikkadavu and Pazhayangadi and bridges at Kallai Paramampil will be completed.

Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority and Safe Kerala Control Room will be inaugurated. The first electric hybrid cruise vessel, two catamaran boats and two water taxis will be launched. The Vizhinjam International Port Project Port Office Building will be inaugurated. The Wayanad Tunnel Route has been finalized by the Konkan Rail Corporation and they will manage the tenders. The decisive step towards making the tunnel a reality can be made within a hundred days.

The Chief Minister made several announcements in various sectors like agriculture, water, electricity, spots & culture, Kudumbasree, local self-governance and also in traditional sectors like coir and cashew.

“The government is striving to move forward with its development achievements. The performance of the 100-day action plan announced today will be reviewed at all levels in the coming days. We would like to give the assurance that they will be completed on time”, he added.

Press Release:29-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
2,397 new cases & 2,225 recoveries today, total 23,277 patients under treatment
15 new hotspots, total 589

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that Covid-19 was confirmed in 2,397 persons in Kerala today. 2,137 people were infected through contact and the source in 197 cases were not traceable. 68 of those diagnosed today have come back from foreign countries and 126, from other states. 63 healthcare workers are also infected. The CM also added that there are more than 200 cases in four districts. At the same time, 2,225 patients under treatment for the disease have recovered today.
 
Meanwhile, six recent deaths were confirmed today as due to Covid. Vijayakumar (55) from Kasargod district, Abdullah (70) from Wayanad district, K M Shahul Hameed (69) from Kozhikode district, Iyyathutty (65) from Malappuram district, Ashiq (39) from Kannur district and Aneesh (30) from Kollam district are the deceased. The Covid related death toll in the State is now 280. More deaths will be confirmed after subsequent tests at NIV, Alappuzha.
 
408 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 379 in Malappuram district, 234 from Kollam district, 225 in Thrissur district, 198 from Kasaragod district, 175 in Alappuzha district, 152 from Kozhikode district, 139 in Kottayam district, 136 from Ernakulam district, l33 in Palakkad district, 95 from Kannur district, 75 in Pathanamthitta district, 27 from Idukki district and 21 in Wayanad district are those who tested positive today for Coronavirus.
 
The details of the contact cases are 393 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 350 from Malappuram district, 213 in Kollam district, 208 from Thrissur district, 184 in Kasaragod district, 136 from Kozhikode district, 134 in Kottayam district, 132 from Alappuzha district, 114 in Ernakulam district, 101 from Palakkad district, 83 in Kannur district, 51 from Pathanamthitta district, 20 in Wayanad district and 18 from Idukki district.
 
There are 16 infected healthcare workers today in Alappuzha district, 11 in Malappuram district, eight in Kannur district, six each in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam districts, five in Kasaragod district, two in Kozhikode district, one each in Kollam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts. Three INHS personnel in Ernakulam District were also infected by the disease.
 
591 patients from Thiruvananthapuram district, 104 in Kollam district, 89 from Pathanamthitta district, 236 from Alappuzha district, 120 in Kottayam district, 41 from Idukki district, 148 from Ernakulam district, 142 in Thrissur district, 74 in Palakkad district, 372 from Malappuram district, 131 from Kozhikode district, 38 in Wayanad district, 94 from Kannur district and 45 in Kasaragod district tested negative today.
 
Till now, 48,083 persons have recovered from Covid in the State and currently, 23,277 patients are undergoing treatment in hospitals.
 
A total of 1,95,927 people are under observation across the state, 1,76,822 under home or institutional quarantine and 19,105 in hospitals. 2,363 persons were admitted to the hospital today.
 
34,988 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 16,43,633 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,77,356 samples from high public exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
15 new places were demarcated as hotspots today in the State while 25 places were excluded. At present, there are 589 hotspots in Kerala.

Press Release:27-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker:
2,406 new cases & 2,067 recoveries today
Total 22,673 patients under treatment
13 new hotspots, total 604

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 2,406 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 2,067 patients under treatment for the same have recovered. 10 deaths were also reported in the State.

Of those diagnosed today, 2,175 people were infected through contact and source of infection of 193 was not traceable. 59 were those who came back from foreign countries and 121, from other states. 47 healthcare workers are also infected.

352 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 238 in Kozhikode district, 231 from Kasaragod district, 230 in Malappuram district, 195 from Palakkad district, 189 in Kottayam district, 176 from Kollam district, 172 in Alappuzha district, 167 from Pathanamthitta district, 162 in Thrissur district, 140 from Ernakulam district, 102 in Kannur district, 27 from Idukki district and 25 in Wayanad district are those who tested positive for Coronavirus today.

Shahjahan (67), Maheshwaran Assari (76), Vimalamma (83) & Xavier (50) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Mohammed Saheef (47), Sathyan (53) & Elikutty (64) from Kannur district, Mammy (70) from Kozhikode district, Divakaran (65) from Thrissur district, and Famina Sheriff (40) from Alappuzha district are the recently deceased who were confirmed to have Covid. This takes the Covid related death toll in the State to 267. Further deaths will be confirmed after tests at NIV, Alappuzha.

The district-wise numbers of local transmission are 331 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 215 from Kozhikode district, 217 each from Malappuram and Kasargod districts, 182 in Kottayam district, 151 from Palakkad district, 164 in Kollam district, 146 each from Alappuzha and Thrissur districts, 141 in Pathanamthitta district, 125 from Ernakulam district, 87 in Kannur district, 22 from Wayanad district and 21 in Idukki district.

13 healthcare workers in Thiruvananthapuram district, eight in Thrissur district, six each in Ernakulam and Kasaragod districts, five in Malappuram district, three in Alappuzha district, two each in Idukki and Kannur districts and one each in Palakkad and Wayanad districts were those infected. Four INHS personnel in Ernakulam District were also infected.

623 patients from Thiruvananthapuram district, 59 in Kollam district, 37 from Pathanamthitta district, 130 in Alappuzha district, 74 from Kottayam district, 28 in Idukki district, 90 from Ernakulam district, 95 in Thrissur district, 56 from Palakkad district, 538 in Malappuram district, 90 from Kozhikode district, 44 in Wayanad district, 119 from Kannur district and 84 in Kasaragod district are those who tested negative today.

So far, 43,761 people have been cured of Covid and at present, there are 22,673 patients still undergoing treatment in hospitals across the State.

There are a total of 1,93,925 people under observation in various districts of the state, 1,75,513 under home or institutional quarantine and 18,412 in hospitals. 2,465 persons were admitted to the hospital today.

In the last 24 hours, 37,873 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 15,64,783 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,71,641 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.

There are 13 new hotspots while 14 were excluded from the list today, with a total of 604 hotspots in Kerala.

Kerala CM’s Local Employment Assurance Programme to provide 50,000 jobs

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced the ‘Athijeevanam Keraliyam’ scheme to be implemented as part of the Chief Minister’s Local Employment Assurance Programme (LEAP). This scheme will provide 50,000 jobs.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Kudumbasree will implement this programme to provide employment to 50,000 people this year. An amount of Rs.145 crores is being allotted as part of Rebuild Kerala and Rs. 20.50 crores as plan fund for this project. The project will have five main components.”

1. Yuva Kerala Project: The objective of the scheme is to provide skills training and employment to 10,000 youths. The government has sanctioned Rs. 60 crores for this scheme. The beneficiaries will be members of poor families between the ages of 18 and 35. Scheduled Tribes and Differently Abled can join up to the age of 45 years. The plan features 100% free training, free travel, accommodation, meals, uniforms, post-placement support, counselling and tracking for a period of one year.

2. Connect to Work (C2W): A programme that aims to develop the soft skills of young people from rural areas, guide them in finding employment and connect them to the job market. The objective of the scheme is to train 5,000 young men and women and connect them with employers to secure employment. Rs. 5 crores have been sanctioned for this project.

3. Kerala Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP-K): The main objective of the project is to launch maximum ventures in each selected block area. Under this scheme, 16,800 new ventures will be started in agricultural and non-agricultural areas in 14 flood-affected blocks of the state. The scheme will cover about 20,000 people, both men and women, who will be able to join the scheme. Loans up to a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh for individuals and Rs. 5 lakhs for group ventures will be given at an interest rate is 4%. An amount of Rs. 70 crore has been sanctioned for this programme.

4. Acquiring Resilience and Identity Through Sustainable Employment (ARISE): The objective of this scheme is to provide training to the youth and Kudumbasree workers in the ten most sought after sectors of the labour market and to provide wage employment expeditiously. The programme was launched in 2018-19 for those who lost their livelihoods due to floods in the state. During the financial year 2020-21, 10,000 young women and men will be provided employment under this scheme. An amount of Rs. 10 crores has been sanctioned for this project.

5. Kudumbasree Micro Enterprise Development Programme (KMEDP): Under this scheme, 3,000 individual enterprises and 2,000 group enterprises will be started. Kudumbasree members and their families will be given support to start ventures under this scheme. About 10,000 people will benefit from the scheme. Under this scheme, individual entrepreneurs can undertake projects up to a maximum of Rs. 2.50 lakhs and group ventures up to a maximum of Rs. 10 lakhs. Under this scheme, assistance will be given to those who are undergoing skill training and entrepreneurship training through training agencies selected by the Kudumbasree District Missions. Training in this programme is completely free as in other projects.

Press Release:20-08-2020

കേരള സര്‍ക്കാര്‍
മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ ഓഫീസ്

വാര്‍ത്താകുറിപ്പ്
തീയതി: 20-08-2020
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തിരുവനന്തപുരം വിമാനത്താവളം സ്വകാര്യവല്‍ക്കരണം –
കേന്ദ്ര മന്ത്രിസഭാ തീരുമാനം പിന്‍വലിക്കണമെന്ന് സര്‍വ്വകക്ഷിയോഗം
 
തിരുവനന്തപുരം അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ നടത്തിപ്പും മേല്‍നോട്ടവും അദാനി എന്‍റര്‍പ്രൈസസിനെ ഏല്‍പ്പിക്കാന്‍ കേന്ദ്രമന്ത്രിസഭ എടുത്ത തീരുമാനം പിന്‍വലിക്കണമെന്ന് സര്‍വകക്ഷി യോഗം ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു. മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പിണറായി വിജയന്‍ വിളിച്ച സര്‍വ്വകക്ഷിയോഗത്തില്‍ ബിജെപി ഒഴികെ എല്ലാ കക്ഷികളും വിമാനത്താവള സ്വകാര്യവല്‍ക്കരണത്തെ എതിര്‍ത്തു. നിയമ നടപടികള്‍ തുടരുന്നതിനൊപ്പം ഒറ്റക്കെട്ടായി ഈ വിഷയത്തില്‍ മുന്നോട്ടുപോകാന്‍ യോഗം തീരുമാനിച്ചു.  

എയര്‍പോര്‍ട്ടിന്‍റെ മേല്‍നോട്ടവും നടത്തിപ്പും സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന് മുഖ്യപങ്കാളിത്തമുള്ള സ്പെഷ്യല്‍ പര്‍പ്പസ് വെഹിക്കിളില്‍ നിക്ഷിപ്തമാക്കണം എന്നാണ് സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടത് എന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി യോഗത്തില്‍ വ്യക്തമാക്കി. കേന്ദ്ര വ്യോമയാന മന്ത്രിക്ക് രണ്ടു തവണയും  പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിക്ക് മൂന്നുവട്ടവും  ഈ ആവശ്യമുന്നയിച്ച് കത്ത് എഴുതിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.  സംസ്ഥാന ചീഫ് സെക്രട്ടറി, കേന്ദ്ര വ്യോമയാന സെക്രട്ടറിക്ക്   കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ വിശദീകരിച്ച് എഴുതിയ  കത്തില്‍ കേരള സ്റ്റേറ്റ് ഇന്‍ഡസ്ട്രിയല്‍ ഡെവലപ്മെന്‍റ് കോര്‍പ്പറേഷന്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിനുവേണ്ടി ബിഡില്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തുവെന്നും ഈ  ഓഫര്‍ ന്യായമായത് ആയിരുന്നുവെന്നും പറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു.  അദാനി എന്‍റര്‍പ്രൈസസ് കൂടുതല്‍ തുക ക്വാട്ട് ചെയ്തതിനാല്‍ അതേ തുക ഓഫര്‍ ചെയ്യാന്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ തയ്യാറാണ് എന്നും അറിയിച്ചു.  

2003ല്‍ കേന്ദ്ര വ്യോമയാന മന്ത്രാലയം സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന് നല്‍കിയ ഉറപ്പില്‍, സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ വിമാനത്താവള വികസനത്തിനായി നല്‍കിയ സംഭാവനകള്‍ പരിഗണിച്ച് വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ മേല്‍നോട്ടവും നടത്തിപ്പും സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ സ്പെഷ്യല്‍ പര്‍പ്പസ് വെഹിക്കിളിന് നല്‍കാമെന്ന് പറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു.  

സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന് കൊച്ചി അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളം പൊതുപങ്കാളിത്തത്തോടെ വിജയകരമായി നടപ്പാക്കിയ അനുഭവപരിജ്ഞാനമുണ്ട്.  ഇതേ മാതൃകയില്‍ തന്നെ കണ്ണൂര്‍ അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളവും നടത്തുന്നുണ്ട്. തിരുവനന്തപുരം അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ മേല്‍നോട്ടവും നടത്തിപ്പും ഏറ്റെടുക്കാന്‍ ബിഡ് ചെയ്ത സ്വകാര്യ സംരംഭകന് ഇത്തരത്തിലുള്ള മുന്‍പരിചയമില്ല.  

2005-ല്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ എയര്‍പോര്‍ട്ട് അതോറിറ്റി ഓഫ് ഇന്‍ഡ്യക്ക് 23.57 ഏക്കര്‍ ഏറ്റെടുത്ത് സൗജന്യമായി തിരുവനന്തപുരം അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ വികസനത്തിനായി നല്‍കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.  ഇതിനുപുറമേ, 18 ഏക്കര്‍ ഭൂമി കൂടി ഏറ്റെടുത്തു നല്‍കാനുള്ള നടപടികള്‍ ആരംഭിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്.  ഏറ്റെടുത്ത് സൗജന്യമായി നല്‍കിയ ഭൂമിയുടെ വില എസ്പിവിയില്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ ഓഹരിയായി കണക്കാക്കണമെന്ന നിബന്ധനയിലാണ് ഇത് ഏറ്റെടുത്ത് നല്‍കിയത്.
 
തിരുവനന്തപുരം അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന് മുന്‍ തിരുവിതാംകൂര്‍ സംസ്ഥാനം നല്‍കിയ റോയല്‍ ഫ്ളയിങ്ങ് ക്ലബ്ബ്  വക 258.06 ഏക്കര്‍ ഭൂമിയും വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ 636.57 ഏക്കര്‍ വിസ്തൃതിയില്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഇവയടക്കം കേന്ദ്ര തീരുമാനം തിരുത്തേണ്ടതിന്‍റെ അനിവാര്യത വ്യക്തമാക്കുന്ന വിഷയങ്ങള്‍ മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി യോഗത്തില്‍ അക്കമിട്ട് നിരത്തി.
 
പൊതുമേഖലയില്‍ നിലനിന്നപ്പോള്‍ വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന് നല്‍കിയ സഹായസഹകരണങ്ങള്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ ശക്തമായ അഭിപ്രായത്തെ മറികടന്നുകൊണ്ട് സ്വകാര്യവല്‍ക്കരിക്കപ്പെടുന്ന വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന് നല്‍കാന്‍ കഴിയില്ല.  സുപ്രീംകോടതിയുടെ ഉത്തരവ് പ്രകാരം ഉള്ള കേസ് ഹൈക്കോടതിയില്‍ നിലനില്‍ക്കുന്നുണ്ട്.  നിയമനടപടികള്‍ സാധ്യമായ രീതിയില്‍ മുന്നോട്ടുകൊണ്ടുപോകാനുള്ള നിയമോപദേശം തേടുന്നുണ്ട്.   രാഷ്ട്രീയ പാര്‍ട്ടികള്‍ ഏകാഭിപ്രായത്തോടെയുള്ള സമീപനം സ്വീകരിച്ച് സംസ്ഥാനത്തിന്‍റെ ഉത്തമ താല്‍പര്യം സംരക്ഷിക്കാനുള്ള സംയുക്ത തീരുമാനം കൈക്കൊള്ളണം. ഇതിന് എല്ലാവരുടെയും സഹകരണം അനിവാര്യമാണെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.  

വിമാനത്താവളം സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ നേതൃത്വത്തിലുള്ള സംവിധാനമായി മാറണമെന്നാണ് പൊതുവികാരം. നമ്മുടേത് ന്യായമായ ആവശ്യമാണ്. അത് ലഭിക്കണമെന്നുള്ളതാണ് നാടിന്‍റെ ആവശ്യം. ഒരു ഘട്ടം വരെ കേന്ദ്രം അത് അംഗീകരിച്ചതാണ്.

ആരു വിമാനത്താവളം എടുത്താലും സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ സഹകരണമില്ലാതെ നടത്തികൊണ്ടുപോകാനാകില്ല. വികസന കാര്യങ്ങളില്‍ സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ സഹായം അത്യാവശ്യമാണ്. സംസ്ഥാനത്തോട് വെല്ലുവിളി നടത്തി വ്യവസായമറിയാവുന്നവര്‍ വരുമെന്ന് തോന്നുന്നില്ല. ഇക്കാര്യം കേന്ദ്ര സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ മുന്നില്‍ കത്തുമുഖേനയും നേരിട്ടും പറഞ്ഞതാണ്. സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിനെ ഏല്‍പ്പിക്കാമെന്ന് ഉന്നതതലത്തില്‍ സംസാരിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ വാക്കു തന്നതാണ്. അത് മറികടന്നുപോയിരിക്കുന്നു.

വിമാനത്താവളം വിട്ടുകൊടുക്കാനാകില്ല. എല്ലാവരും ഒറ്റക്കെട്ടാണ്. ബിജെപിയുടേത് സാങ്കേതിക പ്രതിഷേധം മാത്രമാണ്. കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ മനസ്സിലാക്കിയാല്‍ അവരും പിന്‍മാറും. ഒന്നിച്ചു നിന്നാല്‍ നമുക്ക് ഈ തീരുമാനത്തെ മാറ്റിയെടുക്കാം. നിയമസഭയില്‍ ഒന്നിച്ച് നിലപാടെടുക്കാം. തലസ്ഥാന നഗരിയുടെ പ്രൗഡിക്കനുസരിച്ചുള്ള വിമാനത്താവളമാക്കി മാറ്റാം. നിയമസഭയില്‍ സ്വീകരിക്കേണ്ട നിലപാടുകള്‍ സ്പീക്കര്‍, പ്രതിപക്ഷ നേതാവ് എന്നിവരുമായി ആലോചിച്ച് തീരുമാനിക്കുമെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.  

സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ എടുക്കുന്ന എല്ലാ നടപടികള്‍ക്കും പ്രതിപക്ഷ നേതാവ് രമേശ് ചെന്നിത്തല പൂര്‍ണ്ണ പിന്തുണ പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചു. ഒട്ടക്കെട്ടായി നിന്ന് നിയമസഭയില്‍ പ്രമേയം കൊണ്ടുവരുന്ന കാര്യത്തിലും അദ്ദേഹം പിന്തുണ നല്‍കി.  

അതീവ പ്രാധാന്യമുള്ള വിഷയത്തില്‍ ഉടന്‍ യോഗം വിളിച്ചതിന് കക്ഷിനേതാക്കള്‍ സര്‍ക്കാരിനെ അഭിനന്ദിച്ചു.

പ്രതിപക്ഷ നേതാവ് രമേശ് ചെന്നിത്തല, എം.വി. ഗോവിന്ദന്‍ മാസ്റ്റര്‍ (സി.പി.ഐ.എം), തമ്പാനൂര്‍ രവി (കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് ഐ), മന്ത്രി ഇ. ചന്ദ്രശേഖരന്‍, സി. ദിവാകരന്‍ (സി.പി.ഐ), പി.കെ. കുഞ്ഞാലിക്കുട്ടി (മുസ്ലിം ലീഗ്), മന്ത്രി രാമചന്ദ്രന്‍ കടന്നപ്പള്ളി (കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് എസ്), സി.കെ. നാണു (ജനതാദള്‍ എസ്), പി.ജെ. ജോസഫ് (കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ്), ടി.പി. പീതാംബരന്‍ മാസ്റ്റര്‍ (എന്‍.സി.പി), ഷെയ്ക് പി ഹാരിസ് (ലോക് താന്ത്രിക് ജനതാദള്‍), എ.എ. അസീസ് (ആര്‍.എസ്.പി), ജോര്‍ജ് കുര്യന്‍ (ബിജെപി), മനോജ്കുമാര്‍ (കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് ജെ), പി.സി. ജോര്‍ജ് എം.എല്‍.എ എന്നിവര്‍ യോഗത്തില്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തു.

Press Release:19-08-2020

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കോവിഡ്: ജില്ലാ ഭരണാധികാരികളുമായി മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ചര്‍ച്ച നടത്തി

കോവിഡ്-19 വ്യാപനം വര്‍ധിക്കുന്ന സാഹചര്യത്തില്‍ ജില്ലാ ഭരണാധികാരികളുമായി മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പിണറായി വിജയന്‍ വീഡിയോ കോണ്‍ഫറന്‍സ് വഴി സംസാരിച്ചു. കലക്ടര്‍മാര്‍, പോലീസ് മേധാവികള്‍, മെഡിക്കല്‍ ഓഫീസര്‍മാര്‍ എന്നിവരുമായാണ് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി സംസാരിച്ചത്.

രോഗവ്യാപനം തടയാന്‍ നാം കഠിന ശ്രമം നടത്തുകയാണ്. ഈ ഘട്ടത്തില്‍ രോഗത്തെ നിസ്സാരവല്‍ക്കരിക്കുന്ന ചിലരുമുണ്ട്. രോഗത്തെ അതിന്‍റെ വഴിക്കുവിടാമെന്ന സമീപനം ഒരിക്കലും പാടില്ല. സ്ഥിതി വഷളാക്കുവാന്‍ നോക്കുന്നവരുമുണ്ട്. അത്തരക്കാരുടെ മുന്നില്‍ നിസ്സഹായരായിരിക്കരുതെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു. രോഗവ്യാപനം തടഞ്ഞ് ജീവൻ രക്ഷിക്കുക എന്നതാണ് നമ്മുടെ മുന്നിലുള്ള ലക്ഷ്യം. രോഗികളുടെ എണ്ണം വര്‍ധിക്കുന്നത് എന്തുകൊണ്ട് എന്നത് ഓരോ പ്രദേശത്തിന്‍റെയും പ്രത്യേകത എടുത്ത് പരിശോധിക്കണം. അതിന്‍റെ ഭാഗമായി ചെയ്യേണ്ടതൊക്കെ ചെയ്യണം. ഇപ്പോള്‍ മരണനിരക്ക് പിടിച്ചുനിര്‍ത്താന്‍ നമുക്കാവുന്നുണ്ട്. എന്നാല്‍ രോഗവ്യാപനം വലിയതോതില്‍ വര്‍ധിക്കുകയാണെങ്കില്‍ മരണനിരക്കും കൂടും. ഇതൊഴിവാക്കാന്‍ ആരോഗ്യവകുപ്പ് അതീവ ശ്രദ്ധ പുലര്‍ത്തേണ്ടതുണ്ട്. വാര്‍ഡുതല സമിതികള്‍ ഫലപ്രദമായി പ്രവര്‍ത്തിപ്പിക്കണം. പ്രവര്‍ത്തനം പിറകോട്ടുള്ള വാര്‍ഡുകളുടെ കാര്യം പ്രത്യേകമായി പരിശോധിച്ച് പ്രവര്‍ത്തനസജ്ജമാക്കണം.

ഓണാഘോഷം വീടുകളില്‍ മാത്രമായി പരിമിതപ്പെടുത്തണം. പൂക്കളമൊരുക്കാൻ അതത് പ്രദേശത്തെ പൂക്കൾ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്ന നിലയുണ്ടാകണം. പുറത്തുനിന്ന് കൊണ്ടുവരുന്ന പൂക്കൾ രോഗവ്യാപന സാധ്യത വർധിപ്പിക്കുമെന്നതിനാലാണിത്. സംസ്ഥാന അതിര്‍ത്തിയില്‍ ആവശ്യമായ ക്രമീകരണങ്ങള്‍ ഉണ്ടാക്കി ജാഗ്രത പാലിക്കണം. നല്ല നിലയിലുള്ള ബോധവൽക്കരണ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളിൽ ഏർപ്പെടണം. മറ്റ് വകുപ്പുകളിലെ ജീവനക്കാരെ കോവിഡ് പ്രതിരോധ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് പരമാവധി ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെന്ന് കലക്ടർമാർ ഉറപ്പു വരുത്തണം.

കോണ്‍ടാക്ട് ട്രെയിസിങ്, ക്വാറന്‍റൈന്‍ എന്നീ കാര്യങ്ങളില്‍ ഊര്‍ജിതമായി ഇടപെടാന്‍ പോലീസ് അധികൃതര്‍ക്ക് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി നിര്‍ദേശം നല്‍കി. ഓണാഘോഷത്തോടനുബന്ധിച്ച് ഉണ്ടാകാനിടയുള്ള തിരക്കിനിടയിലും കടകളില്‍ വരുന്നവരും ശാരീരിക അകലം പാലിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെന്ന് ഉറപ്പാക്കണം. പൊതുസ്ഥലങ്ങളില്‍ ആഘോഷം അനുവദിക്കരുത്. വാര്‍ഡുതല സമിതിയെ സജീവമാക്കാന്‍ ജനമൈത്രി പോലീസിന്‍റെ ഇടപടലുണ്ടാകണം. കൂടുതല്‍ വളണ്ടിയര്‍മാരെ ഉപയോഗിക്കാനാകണം. ചില പ്രത്യേക സ്ഥലങ്ങളെ ക്ലസ്റ്റര്‍ ആയി കണ്ട് നിലപാടെടുക്കണം. കടകളുടെ പ്രവര്‍ത്തി സമയം രാവിലെ ഏഴു മണി മുതല്‍ രാത്രി ഏഴു മണിവരെയായിരിക്കും. രോഗവ്യാപന സാധ്യത കൂടുന്ന ഒരു കാര്യവും അനുവദിക്കരുത്. ഇക്കാര്യം പോലീസ് പ്രത്യേകം ശ്രദ്ധിക്കണമെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.

മന്ത്രിമാരായ കെ.കെ. ശൈലജ ടീച്ചര്‍, ഇ. ചന്ദ്രശേഖരന്‍, എ.സി. മൊയ്തീന്‍, ചീഫ് സെക്രട്ടറി ഡോ. വിശ്വാസ് മേത്ത, സംസ്ഥാന പോലീസ് മേധാവി ലോക്നാഥ് ബെഹ്റ, ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട വകുപ്പ് സെക്രട്ടറിമാര്‍ തുടങ്ങിയവര്‍ വീഡിയോ കോണ്‍ഫറന്‍സില്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തു.

Press Release:12-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker

1,212 new cases & 880 recoveries today, total 13,045 patients under treatment
30 new hotspots, total 540

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 12: Covid-19 was detected in 1,212 people in Kerala today while 880 patients under treatment have recovered from the same. Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said of the cases confirmed today, 1,068 people were infected through contact and the source of infection was unknown in 45 cases. 51 are those who came back from foreign countries and 64 from other states. 22 healthcare workers were also infected. Six deaths were reported taking the Covid related death toll in the State to 126.
 
Shamsudeen (53) and Adam Kunji (65) from Kasaragod district, Kanakaraj (50) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Mariamkutty (77) from Ernakulam district, Ajithan (55) from Idukki district, T K Vasappan (89) from Kottayam district are the deceased.
 
The details of the new active cases today are 266 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 261 from Malappuram district, 121 in Ernakulam district, 118 from Alappuzha district, 93 in Kozhikode district, 81 from Palakkad district, 76 in Kottayam district, 68 from Kasaragod district, 42 in Idukki district, 31 from Kannur district, 19 each in Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts, 12 from Wayanad district and five in Kollam district were diagnosed with the disease today.
 
The district-wise figures of the local transmission are 255 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 234 in Malappuram district, 111 in Ernakulam district, 105 in Alappuzha district, 71 in Palakkad district, 70 in Kozhikode district, 66 in Kottayam district, 64 in Kasargod district, 34 in Idukki district, 16 in Kannur district, 15 in Thrissur district, 12 in Pathanamthitta district, 10 in Wayanad district and five in Kollam district.
 
The infected healthcare workers are nine in Thiruvananthapuram district, four in Kozhikode district, three in Malappuram district, two each in Kannur and Kasaragod districts, and one each in Pathanamthitta and Palakkad districts. Six INHS personnel in Ernakulam district and a KSE employee in Thrissur district are among those infected.
 
The number of patients who tested negative today are 180 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 122 from Kozhikode district, 107 in Malappuram district, 86 from Palakkad district, 64 in Kannur district, 60 from Alappuzha district, 55 in Thrissur district, 51 from Ernakulam district, 39 in Kasaragod district, 27 from Kollam district, 26 in Pathanamthitta district, 25 from Idukki district, 23 in Kottayam district and 15 from Wayanad district.
 
So far, 24,926 people have been cured of Coronavirus and presently, 13,045 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals across the State.
 
There are a total of 1,51,752 people under observation in the state, 1,39,326 in home or institutional quarantine and 12,426 in hospitals. 1,380 people were admitted to the hospital today.
 
During the last 24 hours, 28,644 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 10,56,360 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 7,313 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,41,283 samples were collected from high-risk groups and 1,049 results are still expected.
 
30 places were marked as hotspots today and 13 were exempted. There are 540 hotspots in Kerala now.
Kerala Police to devise for innovative methods for Covid prevention: CM
 
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that innovative methods for the prevention of Covid are being devised under the leadership of the District Police Chiefs. The defence measures prepared by the Police Chiefs in different districts will be shared mutually and will be implemented after making necessary changes for adaption.
 
Janamaithri police officers will be given online behavioural training. Awareness campaigns against Coronavirus were organised with the participation of the public under the leadership of senior officers. The assistance of women is being taken to ensure the safety of their family members.
 
The Chief Minister also informed that various technologies and scientific methods are being used by the Police for contact tracing. “As part of this effort, the State Police Chief had given instruction to collect the call details records (CDR) of Covid patients. The law enforcement agencies are allowed to collect this type of information. In Kerala too, CDRs are used to collect patient information for the sake of public health and safety. This is the most effective way for contact tracing and we have been using this method for a few months. The information thus collected will not be passed on to anyone else or used for any other purpose.” He also clarified that there will be no intrusion in the patient’s privacy.
 
Rajamala landslide update:
 
The Chief Minister has informed that three more bodies were recovered today from the Rajamala landslide disaster site at Munnar in Idukki district. One of them was identified as that of a 12-year-old girl. The death toll in the Pettimudi tragedy has risen to 55.
 
As part of the Covid preventive measures, sanitizers, masks and gloves are being distributed to those involved in the search operations at the disaster area.
 
Karipur air crash update:
 
The CM also informed that 83 survivors of the Karipur plane crash are being treated at various hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. While 61 passengers are recovering fast, 22 people are still in serious condition.
 
Kerala cuts tax on aviation turbine fuel to 1% for 10 years
 
In a bid to encourage domestic air travel in the State, the Kerala Government has been decided to reduce the tax rate on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) from 5% to 1% for all domestic flights from the Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery and the Kozhikode International Airport at Karipur for a period of 10 years. The Cabinet meeting held today approved this decision.