Press Release:12-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker

1,212 new cases & 880 recoveries today, total 13,045 patients under treatment
30 new hotspots, total 540

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 12: Covid-19 was detected in 1,212 people in Kerala today while 880 patients under treatment have recovered from the same. Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said of the cases confirmed today, 1,068 people were infected through contact and the source of infection was unknown in 45 cases. 51 are those who came back from foreign countries and 64 from other states. 22 healthcare workers were also infected. Six deaths were reported taking the Covid related death toll in the State to 126.
Shamsudeen (53) and Adam Kunji (65) from Kasaragod district, Kanakaraj (50) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Mariamkutty (77) from Ernakulam district, Ajithan (55) from Idukki district, T K Vasappan (89) from Kottayam district are the deceased.
The details of the new active cases today are 266 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 261 from Malappuram district, 121 in Ernakulam district, 118 from Alappuzha district, 93 in Kozhikode district, 81 from Palakkad district, 76 in Kottayam district, 68 from Kasaragod district, 42 in Idukki district, 31 from Kannur district, 19 each in Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts, 12 from Wayanad district and five in Kollam district were diagnosed with the disease today.
The district-wise figures of the local transmission are 255 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 234 in Malappuram district, 111 in Ernakulam district, 105 in Alappuzha district, 71 in Palakkad district, 70 in Kozhikode district, 66 in Kottayam district, 64 in Kasargod district, 34 in Idukki district, 16 in Kannur district, 15 in Thrissur district, 12 in Pathanamthitta district, 10 in Wayanad district and five in Kollam district.
The infected healthcare workers are nine in Thiruvananthapuram district, four in Kozhikode district, three in Malappuram district, two each in Kannur and Kasaragod districts, and one each in Pathanamthitta and Palakkad districts. Six INHS personnel in Ernakulam district and a KSE employee in Thrissur district are among those infected.
The number of patients who tested negative today are 180 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 122 from Kozhikode district, 107 in Malappuram district, 86 from Palakkad district, 64 in Kannur district, 60 from Alappuzha district, 55 in Thrissur district, 51 from Ernakulam district, 39 in Kasaragod district, 27 from Kollam district, 26 in Pathanamthitta district, 25 from Idukki district, 23 in Kottayam district and 15 from Wayanad district.
So far, 24,926 people have been cured of Coronavirus and presently, 13,045 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals across the State.
There are a total of 1,51,752 people under observation in the state, 1,39,326 in home or institutional quarantine and 12,426 in hospitals. 1,380 people were admitted to the hospital today.
During the last 24 hours, 28,644 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 10,56,360 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 7,313 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,41,283 samples were collected from high-risk groups and 1,049 results are still expected.
30 places were marked as hotspots today and 13 were exempted. There are 540 hotspots in Kerala now.
Kerala Police to devise for innovative methods for Covid prevention: CM
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that innovative methods for the prevention of Covid are being devised under the leadership of the District Police Chiefs. The defence measures prepared by the Police Chiefs in different districts will be shared mutually and will be implemented after making necessary changes for adaption.
Janamaithri police officers will be given online behavioural training. Awareness campaigns against Coronavirus were organised with the participation of the public under the leadership of senior officers. The assistance of women is being taken to ensure the safety of their family members.
The Chief Minister also informed that various technologies and scientific methods are being used by the Police for contact tracing. “As part of this effort, the State Police Chief had given instruction to collect the call details records (CDR) of Covid patients. The law enforcement agencies are allowed to collect this type of information. In Kerala too, CDRs are used to collect patient information for the sake of public health and safety. This is the most effective way for contact tracing and we have been using this method for a few months. The information thus collected will not be passed on to anyone else or used for any other purpose.” He also clarified that there will be no intrusion in the patient’s privacy.
Rajamala landslide update:
The Chief Minister has informed that three more bodies were recovered today from the Rajamala landslide disaster site at Munnar in Idukki district. One of them was identified as that of a 12-year-old girl. The death toll in the Pettimudi tragedy has risen to 55.
As part of the Covid preventive measures, sanitizers, masks and gloves are being distributed to those involved in the search operations at the disaster area.
Karipur air crash update:
The CM also informed that 83 survivors of the Karipur plane crash are being treated at various hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. While 61 passengers are recovering fast, 22 people are still in serious condition.
Kerala cuts tax on aviation turbine fuel to 1% for 10 years
In a bid to encourage domestic air travel in the State, the Kerala Government has been decided to reduce the tax rate on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) from 5% to 1% for all domestic flights from the Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery and the Kozhikode International Airport at Karipur for a period of 10 years. The Cabinet meeting held today approved this decision.