Press Release:19-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
4,644 new cases & 2,862 recoveries today, total 37,488 patients under treatment

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 19: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 4,644 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. 3,781 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection of 498 was unknown. 86 healthcare workers were also infected by Coronavirus. At the same time, 2,862 patients have recovered from the disease. At present, there are 37,488 active cases in the State. 

Meanwhile, 18 Covid related deaths were reported taking the death toll to 519. The deceased are Karthayani (67) & Suhara (75) from Palakkad district; Parameswaran (77), Sadanandan (89) & Vasanthayamma (78) from Kollam district; Shaji (47), Thankappan Pillai (87), Sita (94) & Soman (65) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Radhakrishnan (62) & P L John (66) from Ernakulam district; K M Harish Kumar (29), Chinna (74), Lilavati (81) & Amminiamma (89) from Thrissur district, Chandran (60) & Narayani (90), from Kasaragod district and Ravichandran (59) from Nagercoil (TN).
The district-wise figures for the positive cases are Thiruvananthapuram 824, Malappuram 534, Kollam 436, Kozhikode 412, Thrissur and Ernakulam 351 each, Palakkad 349, Alappuzha 348, Kottayam 263, Kannur 222, Pathanamthitta 221, Kasargod 191, Wayanad 95 and Idukki 47. Of those diagnosed today, 36 are returnees from foreign countries and 229, from other states.
The numbers for the contact cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 783, Malappuram 517, Kollam & Kozhikode 389 each, Thrissur 342, Palakkad 330, Ernakulam 320, Alappuzha 284, Kottayam 260, Kannur 199, Pathanamthitta 176, Kasaragod 172, Wayanad 87 and Idukki 31.
The count of infected healthcare workers district-wise are Thiruvananthapuram 36, Kannur 12, Kollam six; Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram & Kozhikode five each, Kasargod four and Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Palakkad & Wayanad two each. 14 INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected.
The district-wise numbers for the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 564, Kollam 243, Pathanamthitta 154, Alappuzha 224, Kottayam 119, Idukki 54, Ernakulam 189, Thrissur 191, Palakkad 130, Malappuram 326, Kozhikode 344, Wayanad 31, Kannur 91 and Kasaragod 202. So far 92,951 people have been cured of Covid in the State.
There are currently 2,17,695 people under observation across the state, 1,92,534 under home or institutional quarantine and 25,161 in hospitals. 3,070 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
47,452 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 23,84,611 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,95,207 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
27 places were demarcated as hotspots today while 11 areas were excluded. There are 630 hotspots in Kerala now.

Kerala implements a model project for the education of SC/ST students
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today launched the first phase of a model project that aims to improve and facilitate the education of students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes.
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “There are many from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes who do not have adequate facilities at home for their children to study. To address this issue, the Government provides financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakhs to the Scheduled Castes to set up a study room adjacent to their house. Study materials including computer will be made available when the room is completed. Today marks the inauguration of the completion of 12,250 study rooms across the state. An additional 3,750 study rooms will be completed this year. In addition, 8,500 study rooms will be created by 2021. This would be a model project for the entire country.”
Under the same project, community (public) study rooms are being set up for the students from Scheduled Tribes. 250 community study rooms have already been completed using public facilities such as community halls. One classroom can accommodate up to 30 students. The government aims to have a total of 500 community study rooms.
The CM also said that the Government seeks to empower the education of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe children by providing maximum assistance and support. SC students from Class V to Class VIII get very little educational assistance. At present, educational assistance of Rs. 2,000 per child per year is provided. 1,20,000 SC children are getting this benefit.
“The lump-sum grant and stipend for SC/ST students has been increased by 50 per cent. A scheme has been started for Medical-Engineering Entrance Examination coaching for 1,000 SC students who have completed Plus Two. Steps have been taken to modernize 44 ITIs under the Scheduled Caste Development Department. New blocks were constructed for 15 ITIs. The most important thing is that breakfast and lunch are arranged for the students studying here. An order has been issued to sanction up to Rs. 25 lakhs for SC students pursuing PG courses in top universities abroad. Steps have been taken to provide free training to 300 people in the Civil Service Academy under the state government”, the CM added.