Press Release:21-07-2020

720 new cases & 274 recoveries today, total 8,056 patients under treatment
22 new hotspots, total 353
Thiruvananthapuram, July 21: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that 720 new active Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today and the total number of cases in the State is now 13,994.
Of the cases detected today, 528 are contact cases and the source of contact in 34 cases is unknown; 82 are those who arrived from abroad and 54 from other states. 17 healthcare workers, 29 DSC jawans, four ITBP personnel, four KSE employees and a KLF employee were also infected. The CM also condoled the death of Victoria, a 72year old from Thiruvananthapuram district. At the same time, the test results of 274 patients undergoing treatment were negative today.
The district-wise details of the positive cases are 151 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 85 in Kollam district, 80 from Ernakulam district, 61 in Malappuram district, 57 from Kannur district, 46 each in Alappuzha and Palakkad districts, 40 each from Pathanamthitta and Kasargod districts, 39 each in Kottayam and Kozhikode districts, 19 from Thrissur district and 17 in Wayanad district.
The details of those infected through contact are 144 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 79 from Kollam district, 72 in Ernakulam district, 36 each from Palakkad and Kasaragod districts, 35 in Kottayam district, 33 from Kozhikode district, 30 in Alappuzha district, 29 from Malappuram district, 21 in Pathanamthitta district, six from Wayanad district, five in Kannur district and two from Thrissur district.
The infected healthcare workers are five in Kannur district, three each from Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts, two in Kollam district, and one each in Thrissur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kasaragod districts.
70 patients from Alappuzha district, 51 in Malappuram district, 39 from Kozhikode district, 34 in Palakkad district, 14 from Wayanad district, 11 each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts, 10 each from Kottayam and Kannur districts, seven in Ernakulam district, six each from Thrissur and Kasaragod districts and five in Idukki district are those who tested negative today. So far, 5,892 people have recovered from Coronavirus and 8,056 patients are currently under treatment.
1,62,444 people are under surveillance across the state, 1,54,167 under observation at home or institutional quarantine and 8,277 are isolated in hospitals. 984 people were admitted to the hospital today.
During the last 24 hours, 19,524 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 5,67,278 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 7,410 samples are yet to come. Of these, 1,00,942 samples collected from high priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 96,544 samples were negative.
Today, 22 places were announced as hotspots while six were excluded. There are currently 353 hotspots in the State.

742 Covid First Line Treatment Centres to be operational in Kerala: CM 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that 742 Covid First Line Treatment Centres are expected to be ready by July 23. He also informed that there are 101 active clusters and 18 large community clusters. Most of these clusters are in the coastal areas of the State.
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “There is no need for any concern about the medical and treatment facilities in view of the increasing numbers of Covid patients in the state. The setting up of Covid First-Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) under LSG bodies is progressing rapidly. Those who are antigen test positive, with no obvious symptoms or mild symptoms are admitted in CFLTCs.”
Giving details, the CM said that as on July 19, 20,404 beds were ready in 187 CFLTCs across the state. 305 doctors, 572 nurses, 62 pharmacists and 27 lab technicians have been assigned to the CFLTCs. 742 CFLTCs are expected to be ready by July 23 and this will increase the number of available beds to 69,215.
All CFLTCs will have the facility to conduct OP from morning to evening. Landline and internet facilities required for telemedicine will also be available. Ambulance facilities will be provided to each CFLTC. Those in isolation will get separate rooms with bathrooms. Arrangements are being made to ensure uninterrupted supply of water and electricity and supply of food. All CFLTCs will have facilities such as front office, doctor’s consulting room, nursing station, pharmacy, store, observation room, etc. Arrangements will be made for the scientific disposal of waste.
110 Testing Centres now in Kerala 
The Chief Minister today informed that at present, there are 59 testing centres in the government sector and 51 in the private sector. Initially, there was only PCR test but now all types of tests are being conducted.
“The number of testing centres and tests will be further increased. The tariff for Covid treatment in private hospitals has been fixed. Many private hospitals have now started Covid treatment centres. Two self-financed private medical colleges in Kannur and Wayanad have been set aside only for Kovid treatment”, he added.
The Chief Minister reiterated that some people are continuing to mislead the public through their propaganda. “The State has taken all efforts to contain the outbreak of the pandemic. The fight against Covid is similar to a marathon which is a true test of endurance. Kerala still has one of the lowest case-fatality rates in the world. The case fatality rate in Kerala is 0.33% much less than the national average. Even at this time, the low mortality rate in an area with such a high population density, geriatric population and high incidence of diseases indicates that Kerala’s defence is excellent. Kerala is also far ahead in testing. We perform 44 tests per positive case. The improved situation here is a result of the care and vigilance we have shown in combating the Covid pandemic. Kerala is the only state in India that traces secondary contacts. Very few places have shown the kind of caution and preparation that we have shown.”
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 briefing.