Press Release:14-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
2,540 new cases & 2,110 recoveries today, total 30,486 patients under treatment

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 2,540 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 2,110 patients under treatment have recovered from the disease. 2,346 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection of 212 was unknown. 34 of those diagnosed have returned from foreign countries and 73 from other states. 64 healthcare workers were also infected.
15 Covid related deaths were reported in the State taking the death toll to 454. The deceased are George (62), Aisha (60) & Ibrahim (58) from Malappuram district; Gangadharan (65), Kannappan (37) & Thankamani (65) from Palakkad district; Baburajan (56), Sasidharan (65) & Ashokan (60) from Kollam district, P V Paulose (79) from Ernakulam district, Muraleedharan (65) from Kozhikode district; Akshaya (13), Rajan (59) & Sicily (60) from Thiruvananthapuram district and Narayanan Acharya (68) from Kasargod district.
The district-wise numbers of the new positive cases are Malappuram 482, Kozhikode 382, Thiruvananthapuram 332, Ernakulam 255, Kannur 232, Palakkad 175, Thrissur 161, Kollam 142, Kottayam 122, Alappuzha 107, Idukki 58, Kasaragod 56, Wayanad 20 and Pathanamthitta 16.
The count of the locally transmitted cases in the districts are Malappuram 457, Kozhikode 377, Thiruvananthapuram 313, Ernakulam 214, Kannur 192, Palakkad 156, Thrissur 155, Kollam 130, Kottayam 121, Alappuzha 104, Idukki & Kasargod 49 each, Pathanamthitta 15 and Wayanad 14.
The details of the infected healthcare workers district-wise are Kannur 24, Thiruvananthapuram 16, Kollam 6, Ernakulam & Malappuram 5 each, Kasargod 3, Thrissur 2 and Alappuzha, Wayanad & Kozhikode one each. 23 INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected by Coronavirus.
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 415, Kollam 165, Pathanamthitta 103, Alappuzha 198, Kottayam 121, Idukki 25, Ernakulam 125, Thrissur 140, Palakkad 93, Malappuram 261, Kozhikode 123, Wayanad 76, Kannur 135 and Kasaragod 130.
So far, 79,813 persons have been cured of Covid in the State and at present, 30,486 patients are undergoing treatment.
A total of 2,05,158 people are under observation across the State, 1,82,241 under home or institutional quarantine and 22,917 in isolation at hospitals. 2,213 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
22,279 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 21,52,585 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,89,265 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
17 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while nine were exempted. Currently, there are 615 hotspots in Kerala.
Kerala to conduct genetic study of Covid patients: CM
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced a state-wide genetic study on Covid patients. Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “A genetic study of patients infected by the Coronavirus was conducted in the northern districts of the State in collaboration with the Institute of Genomics and Integrated Biology under CSIR. This will be extended across the State.”
The CM added that as per the experts, the rate of the spread of the virus is very high in the State. “The elderly should especially be more cautious as they are more prone to be infected by the virus and the death toll is likely to rise. The ‘Break the Chain’ campaign should be made more stringent and efficient. With the opening up of the public transport services and other closed establishments, Kerala should expect to see a hike in the number of Covid cases as the spread of the disease would be much higher than it is today.”
CFLTCs being speeded up to handle an increase in patients 
The Chief Minister has informed that the Government has expedited the setting up of Covid First Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) in all the districts as the numbers of patients are increasing.
“CFLTCs are being transformed into public healthcare centres specially designed to combat the outbreak of the pandemic. All facilities at CFLTCs including doctors and other staff as required are being provided. At present, 194 CFLTCs with 26,425 beds are operational with 50% occupancy. A total of 1,21,055 beds will be set up in 1,391 CFLTCs across the State, said the CM.”
The Covid First-Line Treatment Centres are mainly for asymptomatic Covid positive patients. They are given necessary inpatient treatment under the direct supervision of a physician along with free food and accommodation. The facilities of specialist doctors are also available through telemedicine.
Covid Brigade to be expanded with more healthcare workers 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that the Covid Brigade in the State will be expanded to provide the services of more healthcare workers for Covid treatment. The Covid Brigade was set up to support the functioning of CFLTCs following the expert opinion that the Covid outbreak would increase by September. The necessary medical systems and human resources needed would be enhanced.
The Covid Brigade consists of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and other health workers required at First Line Treatment Centres. They will be deployed in districts where there is a shortage of health workers. The first mission of the Covid Brigade was to carry out Covid defence activities at Kasargod. The first group consisted of 26 people, including six doctors.
So far, 13,577 medical professionals have registered as volunteers in the Covid Brigade. This includes 2,562 doctors, 833 BAMs, 1,080 BDS, 293 MBBS, 2,811 nurses, 747 lab technicians, 565 pharmacists and 3,827 non-technicians.
The CM has exhorted more people to come forward to volunteer for the Covid Brigade. Registration can be done online on the Covid Jagratha Portal.