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.