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.