Press Release:02-11-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
4,138 new cases & 7,108 recoveries today, total 86,681 patients under treatment
33,345 sample tests in last 24 hours

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 4,138 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed today while 21 deaths were reported. 3,599 persons were infected through contact and the contact source for 438 was unknown. There were 47 health personnel among those infected. At the same time, 7,108 patients have recovered from Coronavirus infection today and there are 86,681 patients still undergoing treatment for the same.
 
The district-wise figures for the new positive cases are Kozhikode 576, Ernakulam 518, Alappuzha 498, Malappuram 467, Thrissur 433, Thiruvananthapuram 361, Kollam 350, Palakkad 286, Kottayam 246, Kannur 195, Idukki 60, Kasaragod 58, Wayanad 46 and Pathanamthitta 44. Of those diagnosed, 54 have a history of travelling to the state from outside.
 
The numbers for the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Kozhikode 541, Ernakulam 407, Alappuzha 482, Malappuram 440, Thrissur 420, Thiruvananthapuram 281, Kollam 339, Palakkad 133, Kottayam 244, Kannur 135, Idukki 53, Kasargod 54, Wayanad 42 and Pathanamthitta 28.
 
The count of the infected healthcare workers from the districts are Kannur 9, Ernakulam & Kozhikode 8 each, Thiruvananthapuram 7, Thrissur 5, Pathanamthitta 4, Kollam 3, Kasaragod 2 and Malappuram 1.
 
The district-wise numbers of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 507, Kollam 553, Pathanamthitta 228, Alappuzha 793, Kottayam 334, Idukki 78, Ernakulam 1,093, Thrissur 967, Palakkad 463, Malappuram 945, Kozhikode 839, Wayanad 72, Kannur 93 and Kasaragod 143. Till now,  3,55,943 people have been cured of Covid in Kerala.
 
There are currently 2,93,221 people totally under observation in various districts of the state – 2,71,744 in isolation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 21,477 in hospitals. 2,437 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
33,345 samples were tested during the last 24 hours while a total of 47,28,404 samples have so far been sent for testing.
 
Five new places in Palakkad, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts were declared as hotspots today even as 19 areas were excluded. At present, there are 657 hotspots in Kerala.
Central investigating agencies exceeding their jurisdiction in Kerala: CM
 
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that the various central investigating agencies probing into the gold smuggling case are exceeding their jurisdiction in a concerted effort to malign and destabilise the constitutionally elected government in the State.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “These central agencies have exceeded their brief and their actions are a clear violation of the federal norms mandated by the constitution of our country. Without the intention of blaming any agency or official, I would like to clarify that the professional standards generally accepted by investigative agencies are being subverted and the investigations are being diverted to suit certain vested interests. When the state government asked the central government for a comprehensive and coordinated inquiry into the crime that was destabilizing the country’s financial security, we had a legitimate expectation that the investigation would go through proper legal channels. But some interventions on the part of these agencies have cast doubt on whether our expectations were misplaced. The investigation is something that should be done confidentially by an agency but it looks like they are following a predetermined path scripted by few people outside the agency and this is a serious situation where such actions would undermine their credibility.”
 
The CM also added that professional investigations should be non-partisan, should not be based on prejudice and should not be done with malicious intent. “There are multiple central agencies conducting various investigations here – Customs in the gold smuggling case, the Enforcement Directorate in the Red Crescent incident, the CBI and the NIA in some other cases. But there are limits to what each agency can do and agencies should not go beyond their jurisdiction. Such interventions demoralise the officials who are working tirelessly for the success of projects like the Life Mission.”
 
The situation has arisen where the Central Government-controlled investigative agencies are responsible for analyzing the policies and programmes of the State Government. “This is in no way acceptable to those who believe in democratic values and respect the Constitution. The way in which the state government is seen as a total culprit is a remnant of the colonial approach. Political opponents may have the ulterior motive of undermining the morale of the bureaucrats and smashing such schemes while aiming to bring about great achievements in the social and material spheres in Kerala. The crucial question before us is whether investigative agencies can act as ‘Checks and Balances’?”, the CM asked.
 
Some of these agencies are encroaching on the executive powers of the state government and the scrutiny of constitutional institutions. “It is a violation of their own jurisdiction and thereby an encroachment on the Constitution. This is undemocratic and unconstitutional and it cannot be allowed. The State Government will make the necessary interventions within the existing legal framework. The state government has given full cooperation to all the investigations and will continue to do so but the way it is moving in the wrong direction is by no means acceptable”, the CM said.