Press Release:10-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 1,184 new cases & 784 recoveries today, total 12, 737 patients under treatment

13 new hotspots, total 531

1,184 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today even as 784 have recovered from the disease. Sharing the details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, “Of the active cases detected today, 956 were infected through contact and the source was unknown in 114. 106 are those who came back from overseas and 73 from other states. 41 healthcare workers were also infected.”. The Chief Minister also condoled the seven Covid related deaths reported in the State.

The deceased are Gracie Shiny (54) from Ernakulam district, Devdas (45) from Kollam district, Mohammed Kunji (68) from Kasargod district, Alvikutty (65) from Wayanad district, Nafisa (52) from Malappuram district, Abu Backer (64) from Kozhikode district and Jama (50) from Thiruvananthapuram district. So far, 115 people in Kerala have lost their lives due to Covid.

The district-wise figures of the new positive cases today are 255 from Malappuram district, 200 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 147 from Palakkad district, 146 in Kasaragod district, 101 from Ernakulam district, 66 in Kozhikode district, 63 from Kannur district, 41 in Kollam district, 40 each from Kottayam and Thrissur districts, 33 in Wayanad district, 30 from Alappuzha district, 18 from Idukki district and four in Pathanamthitta district.

The details of the contact cases are 219 in Malappuram district, 178 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 118 in Kasargod district, 100 in Palakkad district, 83 in Ernakulam district, 52 in Kozhikode district, 46 in Kannur district, 33 each in Kollam and Thrissur districts, 32 each from Kottayam and Wayanad districts, 20 in Alappuzha district, nine from Idukki district and one in Pathanamthitta district.

The infected healthcare workers are 13 in Thiruvananthapuram district, seven each in Palakkad and Kozhikode districts, five in Kasaragod district, four in Ernakulam district, three in Malappuram district and one each in Kollam and Thrissur districts.

One cabin crew member each in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts, one DSC personnel in Kannur district and five INHS personnel in Ernakulam district are among those infected by Coronavirus.

The district-wise figures of those who tested negative today are 180 patients in Thiruvananthapuram district, 102 from Palakkad district, 71 in Kozhikode district, 61 from Pathanamthitta district, 60 in Thrissur district, 55 from Kottayam district, 53 in Malappuram district, 47 from Ernakulam district, 41 in Wayanad district, 37 candidates from Kollam district, 32 in Kannur district, 25 from Alappuzha district, 11 in Kasaragod district and nine from Idukki district.

Till now, 22,620 people have been cured of Covid and 12,737 patients are at present undergoing treatment in various hospitals across the State.

A total of 1,49,295 persons are currently under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,37,419 under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 11,876 in hospitals. 1,323 people were hospitalised today.

20,583 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 10,00,988 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 2,829 samples are yet to come. As part of Sentinel Surveillance, 1,37,805 samples were collected from high-risk groups and the results of 127 samples are awaited.

Today, 13 new places were designated as hotspots while nine were excluded. There are 531 hotspots in Kerala now.

Karipur air crash update

The Chief Minister today informed that 109 survivors of the Karipur plane crash are being treated at various hospitals across two districts. While 82 passengers are undergoing treatment in Kozhikode district, 27 are in Malappuram district. 23 people are still in serious condition with three on the ventilator. 81 passengers are recovering fast.

Those involved in the rescue operations after the plane crash are advised to go in self-isolation because of the Covid situation.

Rajamala landslide update

The Chief Minister announced that five more bodies have been recovered from the Rajamala landslide tragedy at Munnar till noon today. This takes the death toll in the natural disaster to 48. One body is yet to be identified. The bodies of 43 people were found yesterday and 22 people are still missing.

Various government agencies such as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Fire Force and Police are actively involved in rescue operations. The forest department and their Rapid Action Force are also active in the search and rescue operations being carried out in an area of 16 km on both sides of the Pettimudi river.
Kerala asks for unconditional use of SDRF funds for Covid defence

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today demanded that States be allowed to use funds from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) unconditionally for Covid defence activities, removing the current 25% limit. He made this demand to the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi during the video conference meeting of the PM with the Chief Ministers of flood-affected States.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The setting up of Covid testing and quarantine facilities has put a huge financial burden on the states. Therefore, generous assistance is expected from the Centre to meet this expenditure. The floods too have come at a time when the numbers of Covid patients are increasing. The current monsoon has had a major impact on the economic condition of the state battling the pandemic. The Prime Minister was informed that a comprehensive report on the losses incurred by us will be submitted to the Centre.”

The CM also thanked the Prime Minister for sending 10 NDRF companies to Kerala to deal with the floods, for the assistance provided by the NDRF in rescue operations in the aftermath of the landslide at Idukki Rajamalai and in the wake of the Karipur plane crash. He also raised several issues concerning Kerala to his attention.

The Prime Minister said that the Department of Water & Meteorology and the National Remote Sensing Centre would co-ordinate the use of technology to provide maximum weather warnings.

Despite the severity of the current monsoon, Kerala has been experiencing disasters for the third year in a row. The state has taken all possible precautions and preparations to deal with the ongoing heavy rains. Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad and Idukki are the worst affected districts. People have been evacuated from dangerous areas. 686 relief camps have been set up in compliance with the Covid protocol and 22,830 people from 6,967 families are put up there. The water level in the dams is closely monitored and warnings are issued to the people based on it.

The CM also informed that the Chief Secretary of Kerala has requested the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu to draw as much water possible from the Mullaperiyar dam through the tunnel to the Vaigai Dam in Tamil Nadu and to reduce the amount of water flowing down from the Mullaperiyar dam. Care has been taken to increase the flow of water by removing the accumulated silt in the Pampa River to prevent flooding in low lying areas.

Minister of Health & Social Justice, Smt K K Shailaja; Revenue Minister, Shri E Chandrasekharan, Chief Secretary, Dr Vishwas Mehta IAS, and State Police Chief, Shri Loknath Behra IPS, DGP were also present for the video-conference meeting with the PM.