Press Release:08-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
1,420 new cases & 1,715 recoveries today, total 12, 109 patients under treatment
13 new hotspots, total 498

1,420 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 1,715 patients have recovered. Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said that this is the highest single-day count of both positive cases and people being cured. 1,216 people were infected through contact and the source of infection of 92 was unknown. 60 have arrived from overseas and 108 from other states. 30 Healthcare workers are among those infected.

The Chief Minister offered his condolences on the four deaths due to Covid reported in the State. The deceased are Vinod Kumar (41) from Kasargod district, Sulaikha (63) from Kozhikode district, Chellappan (60) from Kollam district and Purushothaman (84) from Alappuzha district. This brings up the death tally to 106.

The CM also informed that the number of Covid cases are increasing in Thiruvananthapuram district with a high number of contact cases. “Today, 485 people were diagnosed with the disease in the district and of these, 435 were through contact. It shows that strong intervention is needed in the state capital to control the infection and stringent restrictions should be continued.”

The district-wise figures of the active cases from other districts are 173 from Kozhikode district, 169 in Alappuzha district, 114 from Malappuram district, 101 in Ernakulam district, 73 from Kasaragod district, 64 in Thrissur district, 57 from Kannur district, 41 each in Kollam and Idukki districts, 39 from Palakkad district, 38 in Pathanamthitta district, 15 from Kottayam district and 10 in Wayanad district.

The details of the contact cases in other districts are 152 in Kozhikode district, 135 in Alappuzha district, 99 in Malappuram district, 92 in Ernakulam district, 67 in Kasargod district, 51 in Thrissur district, 37 in Kollam district, 26 in Idukki district, 25 in Kannur district, 23 in Palakkad district, 21 in Pathanamthitta district, 12 in Kottayam district and eight in Wayanad district.

The infected healthcare workers are nine in Kannur district, seven in Thiruvananthapuram district, four in Kasaragod district, three each in Alappuzha and Kozhikode districts, two in Ernakulam district and one each in Pathanamthitta and Malappuram districts. Three KSE employees in Thrissur District, two DSC personnel in Kannur District and an INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected.

The district-wise figures of those who tested negative are 777 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 165 in Malappuram district, 110 from Kozhikode district, 100 in Alappuzha district, 91 from Kollam district, 78 in Pathanamthitta district, 72 from Thrissur district, 62 in Ernakulam district, 60 from Kottayam district, 55 in Wayanad district, 47 from Kannur district, 46 in Palakkad district, 33 from Kasaragod district and 19 in Idukki district.

So far, 20,866 persons have been cured of Coronavirus in the State and at present, 12,109 patients are undergoing treatment. 

There are 1,48,241 people under observation across the state, 1,36,307 in home or institutional quarantine and 11,934 in hospitals. 1,665 people were admitted to the hospital today.

27,714 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, 9,63,632 samples have been sent for testing and the results 6,777 samples are awaited. 1,36,336 samples were collected from high public exposure groups as part of the Sentinel Surveillance and the results of 1,524 samples are yet to come.

Today, 13 new hotspots were declared while 21 places were exempted. There are currently 498 hotpots in the State.

Idukki Rajamala landslide death toll rises to 26

The Chief Minister informed that 11 bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide at Rajamala in Idukki district and three are yet to be identified. This is in addition to the 15 bodies recovered yesterday. This brings the death toll in the landslide at the tea plantation to 26.

“The rescue operations are continuing at Rajamala in full swing. The post mortem of the victims is being speeded up. An amount of Rs.5 lakhs was announced yesterday as emergency assistance for those who lost their lives. The government will bear the medical treatment expenses of those injured in the disaster. The government will do everything possible to protect those who lost everything in the natural disaster. We will also support them to get back to their normal lives. 78 people were involved in the tragedy, 12 were rescued alive and 26 bodies have been found so far. Efforts are on to find the rest. Two teams of NDRF are involved in the rescue operations in addition to the locals, Police, Fire Force and plantation workers. Swamp formation due to the presence of water in the landslide area is posing a big challenge to the rescue operations”, the CM said.

Revenue Minister, Shri E Chandrasekharan and Power Minister, Shri M M Mani are camping there to oversee and lead the rescue efforts. 

Rain relief camps opened to relocate people from low lying areas

In the wake of the widespread rains in the State, about 3,530 families from low lying areas have been relocated to 342 camps. There are a total of 11,446 people in these camps. 

The Chief Minister informed that Wayanad district has the largest number of 69 camps with 3,795 people followed by 43 camps in Pathanamthitta district with 1,015 persons and 38 camps in Kottayam district with 801 persons. Heavy rains are expected to lash the state in the next few days.