Press Release:05-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
1,195 new cases & 1,234 recoveries today, total 11,492 patients under treatment
21 new hotspots, total 515

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 1,195 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today even as 1,234 patients under treatment have recovered. 971 are cases of local transmission with the source unknown in 79. There are 66 cases among those who arrived from foreign countries and 125 from other states. The CM also offered his condolences on the seven Covid related deaths reported in the State.
Purushothaman (66), Prabhakaran (73) and Marakkar Kutty (70) from Kozhikode district, Asanar Haji (76) from Kasaragod, Abdul Salam (58) from Kollam district, Yashoda (58) from Kannur district and George Devassy (82) from Ernakulam district are the deceased.
The district-wise figures of positive cases 274 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 167 in Malappuram district, 128 from Kasaragod district, 120 in Ernakulam district, 108 from Alappuzha district, 86 in Thrissur district, 61 from Kannur district, 51 in Kottayam district, 41 from Palakkad district, 39 each in Idukki and Kozhikode districts, 37 from Pathanamthitta district, 30 in Kollam district and 14 from Wayanad district.
The details of the cases of infection through contact are 264 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 138 in Malappuram district, 119 in Kasargod district, 91 in Alappuzha district, 83 in Ernakulam district, 54 in Thrissur district, 41 in Kannur district, 38 in Kottayam district, 35 in Kozhikode district, 32 in Idukki district, 24 in Pathanamthitta district, 20 in Palakkad district, 18 in Kollam district and 14 in Wayanad district.
13 healthcare workers were diagnosed with the disease today, four in Kozhikode district, three in Thiruvananthapuram district, two in Ernakulam district, one each in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram and Kannur districts.
12 KSE employees and three 3 KLF employees in Thrissur district, three INHS personnel in Ernakulam District and two DSC personnel in Kannur District are among those infected.
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are 528 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 105 in Kasaragod district, 77 from Malappuram district, 72 in Kozhikode district, 60 from Alappuzha district, 58 in Idukki district, 53 from Kannur district, 51 in Thrissur district, 49 from Kollam district, 47 in Kottayam district, 46 from Pathanamthitta district, 40 in Wayanad district, 35 from Ernakulam district and 13 in Palakkad district.
So far, 17,537 people have been cured of Covid and at present, 11,492 patients are undergoing treatment.
1,47,974 persons are under observation in various districts of the state, 1,36,807 under home or institutional quarantine and 11,167 in hospitals. 1,444 people were admitted to the hospital today.
25,096 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 8,84,056 samples have till now been sent for testing and the results of 6,444 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,30,614 samples were collected from priority groups and the results of 1,950 samples are awaited.
Today, 21 new places were declared as hotspots while 15 were excluded from the list. There are currently 515 hotspots in the State.

Financial assistance for Pravasi Malayalees stranded in Kerala due to lockdown 
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 05: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced a financial assistance package for Pravasi Malayalees (Non-Resident Keralites) who could not go back to their place of work abroad and are stranded in the State since the lockdown.
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “In the wake of the Covid pandemic outbreak, it has been decided to allot Rs 50 crores from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund to Norka Roots to provide financial assistance of Rs 5,000 each to expatriates who are unable to return home to work abroad. This is in addition to the Rs 8.5 crores given earlier.”
Salary hike and additional benefits for NHM employees 
The Chief Minister also declared that the remuneration of National Health Mission (NHM) employees, both on contract and on a daily basis will be increased in addition to Incentives and risk allowances.
“Since the remuneration of NHM employees who are involved in Covid defence work is limited, those on contract and also those employed on a daily basis will be provided additional benefits. Incentives and risk allowances have been introduced. There will incur an additional expenditure of Rs. 22.68 crores per month”, the CM said.
The minimum wage for Grade I (medical officer and specialists) will be raised from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per month with a risk allowance of 20%. Grade II (senior consultants, dental surgeons and Ayush Doctors) will be given a 20% risk allowance. The minimum monthly salary of Grade III (staff nurses, junior health inspectors, pharmacists and technicians) will be increased from Rs 13,500 to Rs 20,000 along with a 25% risk allowance. Last grade employees will be given a 30% risk allowance in addition to their daily wages.
Incentives and Risk Allowances will be given to all newly hired employees engaged in Covid related work. The Covid Health Policy packages for various ailments will also be provided to employees who are not covered under the KASP scheme. It was decided to give a Chief Minister’s certificate of appreciation to all the members of the Covid Brigade.
Police to assist healthcare workers 
The Chief Minister today clarified that the additional work given to the Police personnel to mark containment zones and for contact tracing was only to help and support the healthcare workers in their fight against Covid.
“Healthcare workers, Police and representatives from LSG bodies are involved in Covid preventive activities. There is a possibility of fatigue due to their constant workload. Moreover, they are now involved in CFLTCs, mobile health units, etc. They need all our support, help and assistance. Contact tracing is more elaborate now since people travel a lot and the Police can use scientific methods to do this. Their investigation techniques will help us in faster contact tracing. So there is no need for any misunderstanding. We have a serious task at hand and this is to strengthen our preventive measures”, he said.