Press Release:23-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
5,376 new cases & 2,951 recoveries today, total 42,786 patients under treatment
51,200 tests in the last 24 hours

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 23: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 5,376 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today. There are 42,786 patients now under treatment. 4,424 are cases of infection through contact and the contact source of 640 was not traceable (total of 5,064 contact cases). 99 healthcare workers were among those infected. Meanwhile, 20 deaths were reported today even as 2,951 patients have recovered from the disease.
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “This is the first time the number of cases has crossed the 5,000 mark in the State. The increase in numbers is a matter of grave concern as the situation is not improving. In the last 24 hours, 51,200 tests were conducted against our target of 50,000. For now, people who test Covid positive but are asymptomatic and have facilities at home should continue in home isolation. The home environment would help them recover fast. This would also lessen the burden on the hospitals and would facilitate the treatment of those with symptoms and having other diseases.”
The district-wise numbers for the positive cases today are Thiruvananthapuram 852, Ernakulam 624, Malappuram 512, Kozhikode 504, Kollam 503, Alappuzha 501, Thrissur 478, Kannur 365, Palakkad 278, Kottayam 262, Pathanamthitta 223, Kasargod 136, Idukki 79 and Wayanad 59.
The deaths confirmed today as due to Covid are Rajesh (37), Sulfat (57) & Susamma Raju (62) from Kollam district; Paulson (68), Salil (49) & Mohan (64) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Maithili (85), Ishad Babu (40), P Sremati (85), Musa Koya (83), Nafisa (78), Abdulla (74), Muhammad (70), P Raveendran (84), Mohammad (68), Koran (68), Muthoran (86) & Aishabi (81) from Kozhikode district, and Shanmukhan (71) & Abdul Salam (45) from Malappuram district.
The numbers for the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 822, Ernakulam 587, Kollam & Kozhikode 495 each, Malappuram 485, Thrissur 465, Alappuzha 450, Kannur 323, Palakkad 271, Kottayam 256, Pathanamthitta 174, Kasaragod 125, Idukki 61 and Wayanad 55.
The details of the infected healthcare workers from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 25, Kannur 19, Ernakulam 17, Malappuram 15, Thrissur 12, Kollam & Kasaragod 3 each, Alappuzha 2, and Pathanamthitta, Palakkad & Wayanad 1 each. Nine INHS personnel in Ernakulam District Employees were also infected by Coronavirus.
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 321, Kollam 152, Pathanamthitta 127, Alappuzha 167, Kottayam 275, Idukki 55, Ernakulam 254, Thrissur 180, Palakkad 150, Malappuram 372, Kozhikode 427, Wayanad 27, Kannur 142 and Kasaragod 302. So far, 1,04,682 people have been cured of Covid in the State.
There are a total of 2,12,629 persons under observation across the state, 1,86,140 under home or institutional quarantine and 26,489 in hospitals. 3,131 people were admitted to the hospitals today.
Till now, a total of 25,45,385 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,98,189 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
17 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while 15 areas were excluded. At present, there are 641 hotspots in Kerala.
State to get better road infrastructure as part of Rebuild Kerala: CM
Konkan Railway to do DPR for Kozhikode-Wayanad tunnel route

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the State is going to witness massive development in terms of road infrastructure with several projects being launched as part of the Rebuild Kerala programme. He also informed that the government has appointed the Konkan Railway Corporation as the special purpose company for the Kozhikode-Wayanad tunnel route project.
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “This government is moving forward with quality assurance, use of new technology and a corruption-free regime for road construction. It is a great achievement for the LDF government that we have been able to free the public works sector from political corruption. Moreover, this government is not willing to postpone projects or compromise on quality just because of the lack of funding for any project in the State”.
An alternative route from Kozhikode to Wayanad has been a long pending demand as the present route via Thamarassery pass becomes unnavigable due to natural calamities and traffic jams. During heavy rains, the traffic is often disrupted for months. “The solution is to build a 7.82 km long tunnel road from Anakampoil to Meppadi via Kalladi. The length of the tunnel will be 6.9 km. Rs. 658 crores have been sanctioned for the project with funding from KIIFB. Konkan Railway Corporation, which has proven expertise in tunnel construction, will submit a Detailed Project Report after the necessary studies. The government would initiate the next step based on the DPR”, the CM said.
Modernisation of Alappuzha-Changanassery Road 
The Chief Minister today informed that a project of Rs. 625 crores have been prepared to upgrade Alappuzha – Changanassery Road which is the lifeline of the people in Kuttanad area The AC Road connecting Alappuzha and Kottayam districts is submerged in water every year during monsoons. The project will be implemented under the Rebuild Kerala Initiative.
“Overbridges will be built at five of the most waterlogged locations. Causeways will be built at nine locations. Narrow bridges will be widened and 13 culverts will be rebuilt. The proposed route will also have facilities to make night travel safer”, the CM added.
Reconstruction of Shankhumukham Road 
The reconstruction work of Shankhumukham Road in Thiruvananthapuram has been started by including it in the Rebuild Kerala Initiative. According to the design of the Central Road Research Institute, a 260-meter concrete diaphragm wall will be constructed in the first phase. An administrative sanction of Rs. 4.29 crores have been given for this along with Rs. 1.1 crores for the road reconstruction.
The CM also said that the Alappuzha bypass, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs.225 crores, will be completed by November. The length of the bypass from Komati to Kalarkot is 6.8 km. the Kundannur (780 m) and Vyttila (700 m) flyovers being built on the Ernakulam bypass are in the final stages of construction. Both flyovers will be open to traffic in December. The Kundannur flyover will cost Rs 88.77 crores and the Vyttila flyover Rs 113 crores.
Other works – Sabarimala roads & PWD bridges 
An administrative sanction of Rs. 225 crores have been given for the modernization of major roads and allied roads going to Sabarimala. There are 62 tasks coming under this scheme and the work will begin in October.
The construction of the Peruman Bridge at a cost Rs 42 crores across the Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam district will begin in November. The construction of 38 bridges under the Public Works Department will begin by November. Meanwhile, the work on 28 other bridges will be completed before November.