Press Release:15-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker:
7,789 new cases & 7,082 recoveries today
Total 94,517 patients under treatment

50,154 samples tested in last 24 hours

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 7,789 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Kerala today and at present, there are 94,517 patients under treatment for the same. 6,486 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection was unknown in 1,049 cases. There are 128 healthcare workers among those infected. Meanwhile, 7,082 patients have recovered from the disease today.

Today, 23 deaths were confirmed as due to Covid taking the death toll in the state to 1,089. The deceased were Kamalabhai (70), Sulochana (60), Leela (75), Narayanan (69), A V Krishnan (75), Shobhana (55), Noor Jahan (53), Revamma (59), Shakuntala (69), Thulasi (53), Abdul Salam (61), Fathima Beevi (88), Damodaran Nair (72), Sarath Sasidharan (29), Srinath (38) Thomas (71), Rajan (50) & Purushothaman (70) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Sulaiman Kunju (85) from Kollam district, Eliakutty (82) from Ernakulam district, Lazar (68) from Thrissur district and George (57) Babu (65) from Kozhikode district.

The district-wise numbers of the positive cases today are Kozhikode 1,264, Ernakulam 1,209, Thrissur 867, Thiruvananthapuram 679, Kannur 557, Kollam 551, Alappuzha 521, Kottayam 495, Malappuram 447, Palakkad 354, Pathanamthitta 248, Kasargod 311, Idukki 143 and Wayanad 143. Of those diagnosed, 126 have a travel history.

The figures for the locally transmitted cases are Kozhikode 1,195, Ernakulam 1,130, Thrissur 850, Thiruvananthapuram 350, Kannur 489, Kollam 550, Alappuzha 506, Kottayam 130, Malappuram 327, Palakkad 217, Pathanamthitta 226, Kasaragod 290, Idukki 85 and Wayanad 141.

The count of the infected healthcare workers from the districts are Malappuram 30, Thiruvananthapuram 15, Palakkad & Kannur 14 each, Kasargod 13, Alappuzha 11, Kottayam 10, Thrissur & Kozhikode 8 each, Ernakulam 2, and Kollam, Pathanamthitta & Idukki 1 each.

The district-wise numbers of patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 775, Kollam 794, Pathanamthitta 302, Alappuzha 465, Kottayam 178, Idukki 124, Ernakulam 719, Thrissur 550, Palakkad 441, Malappuram 1,010, Kozhikode 685, Wayanad 119, Kannur 650 and Kasaragod 270. So far, 2,22,231 persons have been cured of Covid in the State.

There are 2,74,672 people totally under isolation in various districts of the state, 2,49,001 under home or institutional quarantine and 25,671 in hospitals. 2,548 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.

50,154 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 37,76,892 samples have been sent for testing.

Seven new places were declared as hotspots today while 17 areas have been excluded. There are 644 hotspots in Kerala now.
Institute of Advanced Virology will rise to world standards in health research: CM
CM inaugurates Institute of Advanced Virology at Thiruvananthapuram

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that the Institute of Advanced Virology will become an institution of world-class standards in the field of health research. The CM said this after inaugurating the operations of the first phase of the International Institute of Advanced Virology at the Life Science Park at Thonakkal in Thiruvananthapuram, through video conference.
 
In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said, “We were able to prevent Nipah and contain Covid to an extent in Kerala because the state has a robust public health system. We have been able to raise the entire public health system in Kerala to world-class standards through the Aradram Mission. But that alone will not effectively prevent the health problems and new epidemics that we face, including lifestyle diseases. We need institutions like the Institute of Advanced Virology for this. We started the institute to predict and prevent such diseases. The institute will conduct research on various viruses, viral infections and review its clinical aspects.”
 
In 2017, based on the suggestions of world-renowned scientists, Prof. M V Pillai and Dr Saragndharan, the State decided to set up a virology research centre. When the Nipah virus struck in 2018, we were able to prevent its spread through expert interventions in the health sector. The State Science, Technology and Environment Council was tasked with establishing the Institute of Virology. The scientists connected us to the World Virology Network collaborating with Dr Robert Gallo and Dr William Hall. Experts from India also cooperated.
 
The first phase of the building was inaugurated in February 2019. There are two major types of study facilities available today, which include diagnostic facilities and research facilities. The cooperation of ICMR, RGCB, NIST and IISER, all leading institutions in our country in this field, was ensured. Renowned virologist, Dr Akhil Banerjee was appointed as the Head of the Institute.
 
As the development of the Institute of Virology progresses, research and activities of national and international importance will be undertaken. The government has decided to upgrade the institute, which is currently under the Department of Science and Technology, to an autonomous institution once it becomes fully operational.
 
Eight scientific divisions are envisioned here based on various virology research topics. Clinical virology and viral diagnostics, which are related to the diagnostic system, are the first two categories. A total of 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities will be set up for the institute.

Ministers, Smt K K Shailaja and Kadakampally Surendran, and a host of scientists from India and abroad were present on the occasion.

Make Kerala a carbon-neutral region through greenhouses: Chief Minister
CM inaugurates 1,261 greenhouses in the State
 

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that Kerala should be made a carbon-neutral region by setting up greenhouses across the State. The CM said this while inaugurating the 1,261 greenhouses set up by the Haritha Kerala Mission in the state, through video conference.
 
In his address, the Chief Minister said, “Greenhouses are our great contribution to future generations. It is an achievement that as against the target of 1,000 greenhouses we were able to set up 1,261. At present, the greenhouses are spread over 454 acres. Every year more greenhouses should be set up in this pattern. It will be possible with the cooperation of local bodies and the people. 1,000 more greenhouses are to be established. If there is no public space available for this, interested persons should be encouraged to put up greenhouses in their place. The greenhouse project was able to create awareness about the need to nurture nature.”
 
Each greenhouse was setup by selecting plants suitable for each area. The first greenhouse containing rare herbaceous plants was established at Vengode, Pothencode in Thiruvananthapuram with the help of the Botanical Garden at Palode. In some places, there are only bamboo shoots and in the backwaters and beaches, mangroves and allied trees were planted in the greenhouses. The stalks have expanded and green stems have come creating a visible change in the habitat in the last one year. The greenhouses of the mangroves in Kumarakom have made a positive difference to the fishing ecosystem there. The plants are maintained for three years as part of the project.
 
Shri C Divakaran, MLA planted a tree sapling at the 1,261st greenhouse completed at Nedumangadu block in Thiruvananthapuram district. Dr T N Seema, Executive Vice-Chairperson of Haritha Kerala Mission and people’s representatives were among those present on the occasion.