Press Release: 04-04-2020

Kerala reports 11 new Covid-19 cases today, total 254 patients under treatment

Kerala today reported 11 fresh cases of the Coronavirus infection – six from Kasargod District, and one each from Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Kannur districts. This was announced by Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Smt K K Shailaja Teacher in Thiruvananthapuram today.

Five of the new cases confirmed today are in persons who have returned back from Dubai, three have returned after attending the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin, one person who came back from Nagpur and two who got infected through primary contact locally.

Today eight patients have shown recovered and tested negative in the State. This includes seven in Kannur district and one from Thiruvananthapuram district.

Of the 306 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Kerala so far, 254 patients are currently under treatment in different hospitals in the State. While there have been two deaths reported earlier, 50 patients have recovered completely and been discharged from hospitals.

Throughout the State, 1,71,355 persons are under observation – 1,70,621 under home observation and 734 in hospitals. 174 persons were hospitalised today. 9,744 samples were sent for testing from those who had symptoms and 8,586 reports were negative.

63.5% ration cardholders in Kerala avail free ration in just four days

The Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Shri P Thilothaman today informed that the free ration declared by the Kerala Government was distributed to 63.5% of ration cardholders in the State in just four days. This is a record for the Food and Civil Supplies Department in the State. He said this while addressing a press conference at the PR Chamber in the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.

12.56 lakh ration card holders collected their food grains today. Since the distribution of free ration through ration shops began on April 01, a total of 55.44 lakh ration cards have been served till now. Across all categories, there are 87.28 lakh ration card holders in Kerala.

Till date, 89,734 metric tonnes of rice and 10,112 metric tonnes of wheat has been distributed. 91 metric tonnes of rice has also been given to community kitchens across the State.

Kerala is probably the only State in the country to have announced one month’s free ration for all ration card holders, both priority and non-priority categories, in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. The State government would incur an additional expense of Rs.130 crores in this regard.

The distribution of the additional rice announced by the Central Government for priority cardholders will commence on April 20.