Press Release:26-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker:
7,107 recoveries & 4,287 new cases today
Total 93,744 patients under treatment
Total recoveries cross 3 lakhs

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 4,287 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Kerala today. 3,711 people were infected through contact and the source of infection was unknown for 471. There are 53 healthcare workers among those infected. At the same time, 7,107 patients have recovered from the disease today.

20 recent deaths were confirmed as being caused by Covid taking the count of related deaths in the State to 1,352. Prashanth Kumar (55) & Anthony Danish (37) from Alappuzha district, Vidyadharan (75) from Kottayam district, Siddique (62) from Ernakulam district; Rosy (84), Velayudhan (80) & Mary (62) from Thrissur district, Chandrasekharan (53) from Palakkad district, Abdulla Kutty (85) from Malappuram district, Karthayaini Amma (89) from Kozhikode district; Mariam (85), Hamsa (62), Mathai (71), Abdul Rahman (89) & Aleyamma (78) from Wayanad district; Hamsa (75), Mammuhaji (90) &Jayarajan (62) from Kannur district, and Chomu (63) & Muhammad Kunhi (72) from Kasargod district, are the deceased.

The district-wise figures for the new positive cases are Malappuram 853, Thiruvananthapuram 513, Kozhikode 497, Thrissur 480, Ernakulam 457, Alappuzha 332, Kollam 316, Palakkad 276, Kottayam 194, Kannur 174, Idukki 79, Kasaragod 64, Wayanad 28 and Pathanamthitta 24. Of those diagnosed today, 52 have travelled to the state from outside.

The numbers of the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Malappuram 813, Thiruvananthapuram 359, Kozhikode 470, Thrissur 469, Ernakulam 337, Alappuzha 312, Kollam 310, Palakkad 164, Kottayam 186, Kannur 131, Idukki 63, Kasargod 59, Wayanad 21 and Pathanamthitta 17.

The count of the infecte healthcare workers from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 14, Kannur 9, Ernakulam 8, Kozhikode 6, Thrissur 5, Kottayam & Malappuram 3 each, and Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Wayanad & Kasaragod 1 each.

The district-wise numbers of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 747, Kollam 722, Pathanamthitta 180, Alappuzha 497, Kottayam 191, Idukki 66, Ernakulam 1,096, Thrissur 723, Palakkad 454, Malappuram 1,002, Kozhikode 1,023, Wayanad 107, Kannur 97 and Kasargod 202.

So far, a total of 3,02,017 people have been cured of Coronavirus infection in the State while there are 93,744 patients still undergoing treatment.

There are 2,83,473 people under isolation across the state, 2,60,675 under home or institutional quarantine and 22,798 in hospitals. 2,974 persons were hospitalised today.

35,141 samples were tested during the last 24 hours while a total of 43,63,557 samples have so far been sent for testing.

19 new places were demarcated as hotspots today even as five areas were excluded. There are 682 hotspots in Kerala now.

Government to intervene in the market to control onion prices: CM

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced government intervention in the open market to control the rising prices of onion in the State. The shops under the Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco), the Kerala State Co-operatives Consumers’ Federation (Consumerfed) and the Kerala State Horticultural Products Development Corporation (Horticorp) will sell onion at Rs. 45 per kg from next month.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The Ministers of the Food & Civil Supplies, Co-operation, Agriculture and Finance Departments met today to take immediate action to control the rise in onion prices in the state. The meeting has decided that government agencies like Supplyco, Horticorp and Consumer Fed will buy 1,800 tonnes of onions from the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED). Supplyco will buy 1,000 tonnes of onions, Consumerfed 300 tonnes and Horticorp 500 tonnes, from NAFED. It will be available in the market from the first week of November and the sales are expected to start on November 3.”

The CM also informed that a letter has been sent to the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra requesting permission for the state government agencies to procure tomatoes, onions and potatoes directly from the procurement centres through a scheme run by the Central Government. The direct procurement would benefit the state immensely.

Government announces financial package for rejuvenation of KSRTC
New company SWIFT to run premium services

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced a new financial assistance package for the debt-ridden Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC).

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The condition of KSRTC post the outbreak of the Covid pandemic is precarious. The government is once again preparing a new package for the revival of KSRTC. During the last two years, KSRTC was given Rs.1,000 crores every year. The financial assistance provided by the government in the current year will be more than Rs. 2,000 crores. So far, this Government has provided a total of Rs. 4,160 crores to KSRTC as against the Rs. 1,220 crores during the five years of the previous UDF government. Yet there has been criticism from many quarters of the government’s negligence. The Kerala Government will protect the public sector and expand it. KSRTC will be revived and as part of the new package, some of the long-standing needs of the workers will be addressed.”

An amount of Rs 255 crores will be released on an emergency basis to settle the salary recovery arrears and medical reimbursement of the employees of KSRTC, pending since 2016. As an interim relief for pay revision pending since 2012, an amount of Rs 1,500 per month will be paid to all permanent employees. Negotiations for salary revision will begin as part of the package. Empanelled employees will not be laid off, instead, they will be employed by a new subsidiary company of KSRTC, SWIFT which would run the premium services.

The interest of Rs. 961 crores to be paid by KSRTC to the Government will be written off. The loan of Rs 3,194 crores will be converted into shares. The government will take the initiative of negotiating with the Bank consortium for a new loan package.

The CM also said that the new package will be discussed in detail with the trade unions and will be finalized as soon as possible in consultation with the management in an effort to protect KSRTC.