Press Release:22-07-2020

1,038 new cases & 272 recoveries today, total 8,818 patients under treatment
51 new hotspots, total 397
Thiruvananthapuram, July 22: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that the number of active Covid-19 cases in Kerala has crossed the 1,000 mark for the first time as 1,038 cases were confirmed today. The total number of cases in the State is now 15,032.
Of the case detected today, 785 are contact cases and there are 57 cases with unknown source of infection. 87 are those who came back from foreign counties and 109 from other states. Meanwhile 272 patients have recovered from the disease today. The CM also offered his condolences on the death of Narayanan, a 75year old from Idukki district.
226 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 133 in Kollam district, 120 from Alappuzha district, 101 in Kasaragod district, 92 from Ernakulam district, 61 in Malappuram district, 56 from Thrissur district, 51 in Kottayam district, 49 from Pathanamthitta district. 43 in Idukki and Kannur districts, 34 from Palakkad district, 25 in Kozhikode district and four from Wayanad district are those who tested positive today.
The district-wise figures of the local transmission are 205 cases in Thiruvananthapuram district, 121 from Kollam district, 87 in Kasaragod district, 82 from Ernakulam district, 63 in Alappuzha district, 40 from Kottayam district, 36 in Pathanamthitta district, 31 from Malappuram district, 30 in Thrissur district, 28 from Idukki district, 25 in Palakkad district, 22 from Kozhikode district, 13 in Kannur district and two from Wayanad district.
24 healthcare workers are among those infected, 18 in Thiruvananthapuram district, three from Kannur district, two in Kasaragod district and one from Pathanamthitta district. In addition, 20 ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district, five DSC personnel in Kannur district, four KSE employees and one KLF employee in Thrissur district, were also infected.
52 patients from Malappuram district, 43 in Kasaragod district, 38 from Pathanamthitta district, 33 in Thrissur district, 19 from Alappuzha district, 18 in Ernakulam district, 15 from Palakkad district, 14 in Kozhikode district, 13 from Kollam district, 12 in Kottayam district, nine from Thiruvananthapuram district, five in Wayanad district and one from Idukki district are those whose test results were negative today. So far, 6,164 people have been cured of Coronavirus and at present, there are 8,818 patients undergoing treatment.
There are a total of 1,59,777 people under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,50,746 are under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 9,031 are isolated in hospitals. 1,164 people were hospitalised today.
20,847 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 5,88,930 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 8,320 samples are awaited. Of these, 1,03,951 samples were collected from high-risk priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 99,499 samples were negative.
51 new places were assigned as hotspots today while seven were excluded. The total number of hotspots in Kerala is 397 now.
Kerala prepared to handle the current spike in Covid cases: Chief Minister 
Thiruvananthapuram, July 22: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today assured the people of the state that the government was fully geared up to handle the current spike in Covid cases.
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “With the number of new active Covid cases in the state exceeding 1,000 in a day, the present situation and the details about the medical facilities need to be mentioned. Of the 8,056 Covid patients currently under treatment, 53 are in the ICU and nine are on the ventilator. The case per million in Kerala is 419.1 as against the national figure of 864.4.  the fatality rate in the State is 0.31 as compared to 2.41 in India. So far 86,959 persons have been identified as primary contacts and 37,937 people were identified as secondary contacts in the state. Of the total number of positive cases, 65.16% are currently locally acquired (locally transmitted) and Thiruvananthapuram district has the highest at 94.4%.”
In addition to the dedicated hospital beds for Covid treatment, 15,975 additional beds have been set up at the First Line Treatment Centres and of these, 4,535 are being currently used in treatment. The State has a stock of 3.42 lakhs N95 masks, 3.86 lakh PPE kits, 16.1 lakhs three-layer masks and 40.3 lakhs gloves for health workers. 80 ventilators have been purchased in the last few days. 270 ICU ventilators were given by the Central Government. Another 50 ventilators are expected from the central government within two weeks. Enough oxygen has been stocked to operate 6,007 ventilators day and night. Liquid oxygen facilities are available at seven medical college hospitals. 947 ambulances are ready specifically for Covid purpose.
“The e-Sanjeevini telemedicine system is functioning in all the districts and at present, there are 50 mobile medical units in operation. Work is underway to establish another 19.  We are prepared to face the current situation”, the CM added.
Kerala’s discharge policy for Covid patients 
The Chief Minister today clarified that Kerala’s discharge policy regarding Covid patients is different from the existing policies at the national level and in other states. As per national policy, a patient is discharged after 10 days of admission if there are no minor symptoms. Most states follow that method. Initially in Kerala, a patient was discharged only after two consecutive negative test results.
“Now, tests have been made mandatory in asymptomatic cases also in the updated guidelines of the Department of Health published yesterday. Patients will be discharged only if the antigen test is negative. Kerala has always followed a policy of discharging patients only after test negative. This is to ensure the safety of the community and to prevent the further spread of the disease. In the third phase of the Covid outbreak in the State, the numbers have been increasing rapidly and today it has cross 1,000.  A pandemic creates a complex situation”, the CM said.

 Free Onam provision kits for 88 lakhs ration card holders 
The Chief Minister today announced that grocery kits will be distributed free of cost to 88 lakhs ration cardholders during Onam, in the context of the Covid outbreak. The kit will contain 11 items. The distribution of the free Onam kit would start in the last week of August. In addition, 10 kg rice will be distributed in August at Rs. 15 per kg rate to non-priority sections who do not receive adequate ration.