Press Release:27-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 745 recoveries & 702 new cases today, 9,609 patients under treatment
18 new hotspots, total 495

702 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today even as 745 patients under treatment have recovered from the disease. Sharing the details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, 483 are cases of infection through contact and the source of infection in 35 cases is unknown. 75 of the cases detected today are people who came back from foreign countries and 91 from other states. 43 healthcare workers were also infected The total number of Covid cases confirmed in the State so far is 19,727.

The CM also offered his condolences on the death of 61-year-old Mohammed from Kozhikode district and 85-year-old Ouseph George from Kottayam district,

The district-wise figures of the positive cases are 161 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 86 in Malappuram district, 70 in Idukki district, 68 in Kozhikode district, 59 in Kottayam district, 41 in Palakkad district, 40 in Thrissur district, 38 each in Kannur and Kasaragod districts, 30 in Alappuzha district, 22 in Kollam district, 17 each in Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts and 15 in Ernakulam district.

137 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 65 in Malappuram district, 51 in Idukki district, 49 in Kottayam district, 40 in Kozhikode district, 25 in Kasaragod district, 22 in Kollam district, 20 in Alappuzha district, 16 each in Thrissur and Palakkad districts, 15 in Wayanad district, 13 in Ernakulam district, and seven each in Pathanamthitta and Kannur districts are those infected through contact.

The infected healthcare workers are 23 in Kannur district, 13 in Thiruvananthapuram district, three in Kozhikode district and one each in Alappuzha, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kasaragod districts. Seven KSE employee and three KLF employees in Thrissur district are also among those infected.

The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative are 150 in Alappuzha district, 88 in Malappuram district, 69 in Ernakulam district, 65 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 57 in Kollam district, 53 in Kasaragod district, 49 each in Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts, 45 in Thrissur district, 41 in Kozhikode district, 32 in Kannur district, 25 from Idukki district, 13 from Kottayam district and nine from Palakkad district. Till now, 10,049 people have been cured of Coronavirus infection and currently, 9,609 patients are still undergoing treatment.

1,55,148 persons are under observation in various districts of the state, 1,45,751 in home or institutional quarantine and 9,397 in hospitals. 1,237 people were admitted to the hospital today.

During the last 24 hours, 18,417 samples were tested. A total of 6,88,163 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 3,842 samples are awaited. Of the 1,14,832 samples collected from high-risk groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance, 1,11,105 samples were negative.

Today there are 18 new hotspots while 17 areas have been excluded from the list. There are now 495 hotspots in the State.
45% of beds in Covid First Line Treatment Centres occupied in Kerala
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today informed that 45% of the 12,801 beds available in 101 Covid First-Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) are now occupied. He also announced that more CFLTCs are being prepared and additional manpower resources required will be mobilised.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “In the second phase, 229 CFLTCs with 30,598 beds are being made ready and in the third phase, there will be 480 CFLTCs with 36,400 beds. The basic CFLTC team consists of a medical officer, a co-team leader, a staff nurse, two lab technicians and two pharmacists. These numbers will be increased as required. 1,679 personnel were trained for the Covid Brigade. The training for others will begin immediately.”

It is expected that the spread of the disease will increase in the coming days. Steps are being taken to face the situation by preparing more CFLTCs and finding additional manpower. Students who have completed their studies from the Health University courses will be deployed at CFLTCs. LSG bodies will provide accommodation and other facilities to such appointees. The Department of Health has directed the university to prepare the details for the deployment of these students.

The CM also said that the disease outbreaks are occurring in many clusters and the numbers of clusters are also increasing. There is a consensus on tightening the restrictions in these places. The intervention of the police will be further increased to control violations. Legal action will be taken against those who cause the spread of the disease through their irresponsible behaviour.

He also announced that epidemiologists will conduct studies on clusters and places where clusters are likely to form. Long-term projects are being planned for sustaining the Covid defence measures over a long period.

Tariff for Covid treatment in private hospitals, lowest in the country
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has said that charges for Covid treatment in private hospitals fixed by the Government in consultation with the private hospitals are the lowest in the country.

The Chief Minister said, “In Kerala, treatment for Covid is provided completely free of cost in government hospitals. Covid Hospitals and Covid First-Line Treatment Centres also provide free meals to patients. Private hospitals are cooperating well with the government for Covid treatment. As of now, 44 non-functioning hospitals and 42 partially functioning hospitals in the private sector have been identified for taking over and will be converted for Covid treatment. More hospitals are coming forward to join hands with the government for Covid treatment as part of the Karunya Suraksha scheme.”

CASP beneficiaries and government-referred Covid patients will get free treatment from empanelled private hospitals. A temporary empanelment facility has been set up exclusively for Covid treatment. The per-day charges for treatment in private hospitals are Rs. 2,300 in General Ward, Rs. 6,500 in ICU and Rs. 11,500 in Ventilator ICU.