Press Release:13-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
8,764 new cases & 7,723 recoveries today, total 95,407 patients under treatment
Total recoveries cross 2 lakhs

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 8,764 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Kerala today. 8,039 persons were infected through contact and the contact source for 528 was unknown. 76 healthcare workers were among those infected. At the same time, 7,723 patients have recovered from the disease.
21 deaths were confirmed as caused by Covid taking the death toll to 1,046. The deceased are Francis (68), Gopi (76), Ajaykumar (51) & Purushan (81) from Alappuzha district; Mary Babu (69), C S Pushparaji (38), T A Mohammad Ashraf (68) & N N Vishwambharan (65) from Ernakulam district; Krishnadas (67), Thayumma (70) & Muhammad (87) from Malappuram district; Abdurahman (68), Aryan (70), Beeran (47), Cheriyekan (73), Kunjabdullah (65), Syed Abu Thangal (68), Prabhakar (67) & Mammukoya (82) from Kozhikode district, Amarnath (69) from Kannur district and Abdullah (66) from Kasaragod district.
The district-wise figures of the new positive cases are Malappuram 1,139, Ernakulam 1,122, Kozhikode 1,113, Thrissur 1,010, Kollam 907, Thiruvananthapuram 777, Palakkad 606, Alappuzha 488, Kottayam 476, Kannur 370, Kasargod 323, Pathanamthitta 244, Wayanad 110 and Idukki 79. Of those diagnosed today, 36 have come back from foreign countries and 85 from other states.
The numbers of the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Malappuram 1,040, Ernakulam 949, Kozhikode 1,049, Thrissur 950, Kollam 862, Thiruvananthapuram 680, Palakkad 575, Alappuzha 459, Kottayam 435, Kannur 333, Kasaragod 308, Pathanamthitta 224, Wayanad 104 and Idukki 71.
The count of infected healthcare workers from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 24, Kollam 16, Malappuram 11, Ernakulam & Kozhikode 5 each, Pathanamthitta, Idukki & Thrissur 3 each, and Alappuzha & Kottayam 2 each.
The district-wise numbers of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 815, Kollam 410, Pathanamthitta 203, Alappuzha 534, Kottayam 480, Idukki 129, Ernakulam 1,123, Thrissur 650, Palakkad 385, Malappuram 772, Kozhikode 1,236, Wayanad 122, Kannur 442 and Kasaragod 422.
At present, 95,407 patients are undergoing treatment while a total of 2,07,357 people have so far recovered from Covid in the State.
There are 2,82,000 persons totally under observation across the state, 2,54,841 under home or institutional quarantine and 27,159 in hospitals. 2,925 people were admitted to the hospitals today.
48,253 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. A total of 36,76,682 samples have been sent for testing till date.
11 new places were declared as hotspots today while 15 areas were excluded. Currently, there are 660 hotspots in Kerala.
Thiruvananthapuram NH Bypass & construction of seven NH projects inaugurated
Kerala only State to pay 25% for land acquisition for NH development: CM

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that Kerala is the only State in the country that has agreed to pay 25% of the cost of land acquisition for National Highway development in the State. The CM also added that the state has already handed over Rs 452 crores for this and the road development projects are going to be a milestone in the development of the basic infrastructure of the state.

The Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the Thiruvananthapuram NH Bypass on NH 66 (Kazhakoottam – Mukola road) by the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways & MSMEs, Shri Nitin Gadkari today. The Union Minister also laid the foundation stone for seven other National Highway projects in Kerala.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gadkari said, “The Mumbai – Kanyakumari Economic Corridor with a length of 1,760 km was being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana. The corridor will greatly enable the economic prosperity of the region. As a part of the Economic Corridor, 23 projects with a length of 650 km are being developed in Kerala at an investment of Rs 50,000 crores. The corridor traversing the entire length of Kerala from North to South is expected to be the lifeline of Kerala.”

He also said that the problems related to land acquisition could be resolved due to the good cooperation of Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan. “The cost of land acquisition is the highest in Kerala. The bulk of the project cost is required for this. Road development in Kerala will be given due consideration. The performance of this state government in the development of national highways was better than that of the previous government and it was very helpful”, he added.

The NH development in Kerala is being done in 17 packages. The CM also requested the Union Minister to approve the remaining nine packages in this financial year itself and acknowledged his full support to the development of the National Highways.

With the completion of 27 km of the Kazhakoottam-Mukola bypass, the first phase of the 43 km Kazhakoottam-Karot road connecting the Tamil Nadu border has become a reality. The inauguration today marks the construction of six stretches of NH 66 at a cost of Rs 11,571 crores: Thalappadi-Chengala ( Rs 1,981 crores, 39 km), Chengala-Neeleswaram ( Rs 1,746 crores, 37 km) in Kasaragod district, Parole-Taliparambu ( Rs 3,042 crores, 40 km) in Kasaragod & Kannur districts and Taliparamba-Muzhappilangad in Kannur district ( Rs 2,715 crore, 30 km), Paloli & Murad bridges in Kozhikode district ( Rs 210 crores, 2 km), Kozhikode bypass connecting Vadakara-Azhiyoor-Vengalam in Kozhikode-Malappuram districts ( Rs 1,853 crores, 28 km) and the construction of the Cheruthoni Bridge ( Rs 24 crores, 0.3 km).

Kerala Governor, Shri Arif Mohammed Khan; Union Ministers of State, Gen (Retd) Dr V K Singh and Shri V Muraleedharan, State Ministers, MPs, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the State attended the online event.