Press Release:06-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
7,871 new cases & 4,981 recoveries today, total 87,738 patients under treatment
60,494 tests today, Number of recoveries cross 1.5 lakhs

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 7,871 new active Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today. There are 87,738 patients undergoing treatment in the State now. 6,910 people were infected through contact and the source of infection in 640 cases was unknown. 111 healthcare workers were among those infected. At the same time, 4,981 patients have recovered from the disease.
Meanwhile, 25 deaths were confirmed in the State as due to Covid taking the death toll to 884. The deceased are Brigitte (70), Sreedharan (63), Anthony Morris (64), Girija (59), Shaji (37), Tajuddin (62), Sreenivasan (71), Vijayababu (61) & Shankara Subramanya Iyer (78) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Kabir (63), Zubaida (52), Prabhavathi Amma (73), Sreekumar (52) & Charles (80) from Kollam district, Sathyan (65) from Alappuzha district; Sabu Jacob (53), Raju Kurian (75) & Shyamala (60) from Kottayam district; Etheri (75), Fathima (61), Sayedalavi (60) & Ibrahim Kutty (78) from Malappuram district; Balakrishnan (71) & P Raveendran (73) from Kannur district, and Raveendran (52) from Kasaragod district.
The district-wise figures of those who tested positive today for Coronavirus are Thiruvananthapuram 989, Malappuram 854, Kollam 845, Ernakulam 837, Thrissur 757, Kozhikode 736, Kannur 545, Palakkad 520, Kottayam 427, Alappuzha 424, Kasargod 416, Pathanamthitta 330, Wayanad 135 and Idukki 56. Of those diagnosed, 54 are returnees from foreign countries and 146 from other states.
The count of the contact cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 892, Malappuram 793, Kollam 833, Ernakulam 688, Thrissur 733, Kozhikode 691, Kannur 398, Palakkad 293, Kottayam 424, Alappuzha 406, Kasaragod 393, Pathanamthitta 218, Wayanad 124 and Idukki 24.
The numbers of infected healthcare workers from the districts are Kannur 32, Thiruvananthapuram 16, Pathanamthitta 13, Thrissur 12, Ernakulam 11, Kozhikode 8, Malappuram & Kasaragod 5 each, Palakkad 3, and Kollam, Kottayam & Wayanad 2 each. 10 INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also among those infected.
The district-wise tally of patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 850, Kollam 485, Pathanamthitta 180, Alappuzha 302, Kottayam 361, Idukki 86, Ernakulam 337, Thrissur 380, Palakkad 276, Malappuram 541, Kozhikode 628, Wayanad 102, Kannur 251 and Kasaragod 202. So far, 1,54,092 people have recovered from Covid in the State.
There are at present a total of 2,63,094 people under isolation in various districts of the state, 2,33,703 under home or institutional quarantine and 29,391 in hospitals. 2,444 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
60,494 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, 32,63,691 samples have been sent for testing, including 2,09,482 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
13 new hotspots were declared today while 17 areas have been excluded from the list. Presently, there are 718 hotspots in Kerala.
Kerala’s Covid parameters still below the national average: Chief Minister
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today reiterated that the Covid situation in the State was in a better position while comparing with the national figures.  
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Although Covid was first reported in Kerala in the country, we have been able to contain the spread on a large scale as a result of the caution exercised by both the government and the people. Despite the increase in the cases in the last few days, we are still in a better position compared to the national average. The tests per million in Kerala are 92,788 as against the national figure of 77,054. There are 99 per million at the national level while in Kerala, it is 24.5. The State has a case fatality rate of only 0.36% as compared to the national average of 1.55%. The test positivity rate in Kerala is 7.2% as against 8.3% nationally. So if we look at the figures, we can see that the vigilance and steps taken so far have not been in vain. Therefore, they must be taken forward more vigorously.”
The number of patients is increasing by the day as a result of carelessness. In this context, the government is expediting the process of identifying and isolating possible patients in all districts as much as possible. The government also proposes to tighten the Covid restrictions in markets and public places. RTPCR test will be conducted even if the Antigen test is negative in suspected cases. The effort would be to keep the test positivity rate below 10.
According to a sero-survey conducted by ICMR in August to find out the percentage of people in the community who have contracted the disease, Covid was found to be present in 0.8% of the population in Kerala as compared the national figure of 6.6%.
“Kerala has a population density almost double the national average. The state has the highest proportion of the elderly population and also the highest number of expatriates. Kerala is also the state with the lowest urban-rural divide. All these are favourable factors for the spread of Covid. Yet this study has shown that we have been able to keep the spread of the disease at a significantly lower rate than the national average”, the CM added.
Kerala bags India Today health award
The Chief Minister today announced that the State has received the India Today award for the best Covid defence. Kerala has won the India Today Health Giri Award in the State category for Covid defence activities in India. Union Health Minister, Dr Harsha Vardhan gave away the award yesterday during an online function. The award recognises the performance of the state government in testing, managing isolation wards, accuracy in the allocation and disbursement of funds, focus on reducing mortality, and outstanding treatment of patients.