Press Release:30-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 794 recoveries & 506 new cases today, 10,056 patients under treatment
24 new hotspots, total 495

As per the available lab reports till noon today, 506 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 794 patients were cured of the same. Briefing the media, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said that since the ICMR web portal was under maintenance, the test results till noon were only published and the remaining results would be made available to the concerned districts. Of the cases detected today, 375 are contact cases and the source of infection in 29 cases is unknown. 31 have come back from abroad and 40 from other states. 37 healthcare workers were also infected.

The Chief Minister also offered his condolences on the deaths of 77-year-old Alikoya from Kozhikode district and 65-year-old Beepathu from Ernakulam district. The Covid related death toll in the State is now 70.

The district-wise figures of the positive cases are 83 from Thrissur district, 70 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 59 from Pathanamthitta district, 55 in Alappuzha district, 42 from Kozhikode district, 39 in Kannur district, 34 from Ernakulam district, 32 in Malappuram district, 29 from Kottayam district, 28 in Kasaragod district, 22 from Kollam district, six in Idukki district, four from Palakkad district and three in Wayanad district.

60 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 50 in Pathanamthitta district, 44 in Thrissur district, 41 in Kozhikode district, 39 in Alappuzha district, 30 in Malappuram district, 28 each in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts, 24 in Kasaragod district, 15 in Kollam district, six each in Idukki and Kannur districts and two each in Palakkad and Wayanad districts are those infected through contact.

The infected healthcare workers are 24 in Kannur district, nine in Thiruvananthapuram district, two in Ernakulam district and one each in Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts.

Eight KSE employees and seven KLF employees in Thrissur district, and three DSC personnel in Kannur District were among those infected.

The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative are 220 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 83 in Kollam district, 81 from Pathanamthitta district, 69 in Ernakulam district, 68 from Thrissur district, 57 in Kozhikode district, 49 from Kottayam district, 47 in Kannur district, 36 from Palakkad district, 31 in Idukki district, 20 from Alappuzha district, 17 in Wayanad district, 12 from Malappuram district and four in Kasaragod district.

So far 12,163 people have recovered from Coronavirus and 10,056 patients are still undergoing treatment.

1,44,636 people presently under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,34,690 under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 9,946 in hospitals. 1,117 persons were admitted to the hospital today.

During the last 24 hours, 21,533 samples were analysed. A total of 7,53,485 samples have till now been sent for testing and the results of 5,529 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,21,115 samples were collected from high-risk groups and the results of 2,228 samples are awaited.

24 new places were designated as hotspots today while 16 were excluded from the list. There are at present 495 hotspots in Kerala.

Home care isolation to be implemented in Kerala on a trial basis

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that home care isolation as per ICMR guidelines will be implemented in Kerala on a trial basis, initially for the Covid infected healthcare workers.

Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Based on the ICMR’s guidelines and the recommendations of the expert committee, home care isolation will be implemented in Kerala for asymptomatic patients. Majority of the people infected by Covid have no symptoms and they do not require much treatment. They are placed in CFLTCs to prevent the spread of the disease to others. These patients can be at home but must fully comply with isolation conditions. Home care isolation is being implemented on an experimental basis for healthcare workers. They are being selected initially because they are aware of the system. But at the same time, no one is being forced into home isolation. Interested healthcare workers will have to give an affidavit.”

Home care isolation is allowed only for those without symptoms. Telephone monitoring, self-monitoring, symptom reporting and finger pulse oximetry records are important in home isolation. A three-tier monitoring system is being implemented. JPHN, Asha Worker and Volunteers will visit and evaluate them on certain days. There will also be supervision by expert doctors. They will be shifted to hospitals if required.

The CM said that home quarantine was a successful component of Covid defence measures. Staying alone in a toilet attached room at home was effective in preventing the spread of the disease to others. Similarly, home care isolation will be allowed only if such a room is available in the house.

“The state has a total of 25,536 beds ready in 176 institutions. This includes 8,715 beds in 29 Covid hospitals, 984 beds in 25 other government hospitals, 14,894 beds in 103 CFLTCs and 943 beds in 19 private hospitals. Therefore, there is no need for concern that treatment facilities will not be available if the number of patients increases”, he added.

Kerala completes six months of surviving Covid
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that it’s been six months since then and the government is using all its resources to tide over the unfamiliar situation. The vigilance and support shown by the people in this regard have given impetus to the Covid preventive measures.

The health department started working on a protocol from the second week of January in the absence of an approved protocol to address a SARS virus spreading in China. The first case of Covid-19 in the country was confirmed in Kerala on January 30. There were three cases in the first phase and we were able to contain the spread. The second phase started on March 8. At the time of the announcement of the nationwide lockdown on March 24, 105 people were undergoing treatment in Kerala. On May 3, the number of patients was reduced to 95. In the second phase, a total of 496 people were infected and only 165 were infected through contact. But once the unlock process started, the third phase began when people started arriving in Kerala from outside. Till date, 6,82,699 people have come from outside, 4,19,943 were from other states and 2,62,756 from foreign countries. In the third phase, 21,298 people were infected till July 29. Of these, 9,099 came from outside Kerala and 12,199 people got infected through contact.

“A significant increase in the number of patients was expected earlier. However, the prevalence of the disease is still unpredictable in Kerala. The systematic work by the government during these six months ensured that Kerala did not go into a dangerous situation as many had predicted. An examination of the health sector alone reveals the extent of government interventions”, the CM said.

276 doctors were appointed in a single day for Covid duty. Kasargod Medical College was made operational and 273 posts created. 980 doctors were appointed on a temporary basis. In addition, 6,700 temporary posts were filled through the NHM to strengthen the basic health system. About 1,000 ambulances were made available for Covid patients. There are 50 mobile medical units operating in the state. Hospitals were converted into Covid hospitals and other facilities were set up. Monitoring systems, from ward level committees to the top, are the mainstay of the Covid defence activities in the state.