Kerala Covid-19 Tracker:
2,406 new cases & 2,067 recoveries today
Total 22,673 patients under treatment
13 new hotspots, total 604
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 2,406 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 2,067 patients under treatment for the same have recovered. 10 deaths were also reported in the State.
Of those diagnosed today, 2,175 people were infected through contact and source of infection of 193 was not traceable. 59 were those who came back from foreign countries and 121, from other states. 47 healthcare workers are also infected.
352 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 238 in Kozhikode district, 231 from Kasaragod district, 230 in Malappuram district, 195 from Palakkad district, 189 in Kottayam district, 176 from Kollam district, 172 in Alappuzha district, 167 from Pathanamthitta district, 162 in Thrissur district, 140 from Ernakulam district, 102 in Kannur district, 27 from Idukki district and 25 in Wayanad district are those who tested positive for Coronavirus today.
Shahjahan (67), Maheshwaran Assari (76), Vimalamma (83) & Xavier (50) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Mohammed Saheef (47), Sathyan (53) & Elikutty (64) from Kannur district, Mammy (70) from Kozhikode district, Divakaran (65) from Thrissur district, and Famina Sheriff (40) from Alappuzha district are the recently deceased who were confirmed to have Covid. This takes the Covid related death toll in the State to 267. Further deaths will be confirmed after tests at NIV, Alappuzha.
The district-wise numbers of local transmission are 331 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 215 from Kozhikode district, 217 each from Malappuram and Kasargod districts, 182 in Kottayam district, 151 from Palakkad district, 164 in Kollam district, 146 each from Alappuzha and Thrissur districts, 141 in Pathanamthitta district, 125 from Ernakulam district, 87 in Kannur district, 22 from Wayanad district and 21 in Idukki district.
13 healthcare workers in Thiruvananthapuram district, eight in Thrissur district, six each in Ernakulam and Kasaragod districts, five in Malappuram district, three in Alappuzha district, two each in Idukki and Kannur districts and one each in Palakkad and Wayanad districts were those infected. Four INHS personnel in Ernakulam District were also infected.
623 patients from Thiruvananthapuram district, 59 in Kollam district, 37 from Pathanamthitta district, 130 in Alappuzha district, 74 from Kottayam district, 28 in Idukki district, 90 from Ernakulam district, 95 in Thrissur district, 56 from Palakkad district, 538 in Malappuram district, 90 from Kozhikode district, 44 in Wayanad district, 119 from Kannur district and 84 in Kasaragod district are those who tested negative today.
So far, 43,761 people have been cured of Covid and at present, there are 22,673 patients still undergoing treatment in hospitals across the State.
There are a total of 1,93,925 people under observation in various districts of the state, 1,75,513 under home or institutional quarantine and 18,412 in hospitals. 2,465 persons were admitted to the hospital today.
In the last 24 hours, 37,873 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 15,64,783 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,71,641 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
There are 13 new hotspots while 14 were excluded from the list today, with a total of 604 hotspots in Kerala.
Kerala CM’s Local Employment Assurance Programme to provide 50,000 jobs
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced the ‘Athijeevanam Keraliyam’ scheme to be implemented as part of the Chief Minister’s Local Employment Assurance Programme (LEAP). This scheme will provide 50,000 jobs.
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Kudumbasree will implement this programme to provide employment to 50,000 people this year. An amount of Rs.145 crores is being allotted as part of Rebuild Kerala and Rs. 20.50 crores as plan fund for this project. The project will have five main components.”
1. Yuva Kerala Project: The objective of the scheme is to provide skills training and employment to 10,000 youths. The government has sanctioned Rs. 60 crores for this scheme. The beneficiaries will be members of poor families between the ages of 18 and 35. Scheduled Tribes and Differently Abled can join up to the age of 45 years. The plan features 100% free training, free travel, accommodation, meals, uniforms, post-placement support, counselling and tracking for a period of one year.
2. Connect to Work (C2W): A programme that aims to develop the soft skills of young people from rural areas, guide them in finding employment and connect them to the job market. The objective of the scheme is to train 5,000 young men and women and connect them with employers to secure employment. Rs. 5 crores have been sanctioned for this project.
3. Kerala Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP-K): The main objective of the project is to launch maximum ventures in each selected block area. Under this scheme, 16,800 new ventures will be started in agricultural and non-agricultural areas in 14 flood-affected blocks of the state. The scheme will cover about 20,000 people, both men and women, who will be able to join the scheme. Loans up to a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh for individuals and Rs. 5 lakhs for group ventures will be given at an interest rate is 4%. An amount of Rs. 70 crore has been sanctioned for this programme.
4. Acquiring Resilience and Identity Through Sustainable Employment (ARISE): The objective of this scheme is to provide training to the youth and Kudumbasree workers in the ten most sought after sectors of the labour market and to provide wage employment expeditiously. The programme was launched in 2018-19 for those who lost their livelihoods due to floods in the state. During the financial year 2020-21, 10,000 young women and men will be provided employment under this scheme. An amount of Rs. 10 crores has been sanctioned for this project.
5. Kudumbasree Micro Enterprise Development Programme (KMEDP): Under this scheme, 3,000 individual enterprises and 2,000 group enterprises will be started. Kudumbasree members and their families will be given support to start ventures under this scheme. About 10,000 people will benefit from the scheme. Under this scheme, individual entrepreneurs can undertake projects up to a maximum of Rs. 2.50 lakhs and group ventures up to a maximum of Rs. 10 lakhs. Under this scheme, assistance will be given to those who are undergoing skill training and entrepreneurship training through training agencies selected by the Kudumbasree District Missions. Training in this programme is completely free as in other projects.