Category: Media Update

Press Release:30-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 794 recoveries & 506 new cases today, 10,056 patients under treatment
24 new hotspots, total 495

As per the available lab reports till noon today, 506 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 794 patients were cured of the same. Briefing the media, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said that since the ICMR web portal was under maintenance, the test results till noon were only published and the remaining results would be made available to the concerned districts. Of the cases detected today, 375 are contact cases and the source of infection in 29 cases is unknown. 31 have come back from abroad and 40 from other states. 37 healthcare workers were also infected.

The Chief Minister also offered his condolences on the deaths of 77-year-old Alikoya from Kozhikode district and 65-year-old Beepathu from Ernakulam district. The Covid related death toll in the State is now 70.

The district-wise figures of the positive cases are 83 from Thrissur district, 70 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 59 from Pathanamthitta district, 55 in Alappuzha district, 42 from Kozhikode district, 39 in Kannur district, 34 from Ernakulam district, 32 in Malappuram district, 29 from Kottayam district, 28 in Kasaragod district, 22 from Kollam district, six in Idukki district, four from Palakkad district and three in Wayanad district.

60 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 50 in Pathanamthitta district, 44 in Thrissur district, 41 in Kozhikode district, 39 in Alappuzha district, 30 in Malappuram district, 28 each in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts, 24 in Kasaragod district, 15 in Kollam district, six each in Idukki and Kannur districts and two each in Palakkad and Wayanad districts are those infected through contact.

The infected healthcare workers are 24 in Kannur district, nine in Thiruvananthapuram district, two in Ernakulam district and one each in Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts.

Eight KSE employees and seven KLF employees in Thrissur district, and three DSC personnel in Kannur District were among those infected.

The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative are 220 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 83 in Kollam district, 81 from Pathanamthitta district, 69 in Ernakulam district, 68 from Thrissur district, 57 in Kozhikode district, 49 from Kottayam district, 47 in Kannur district, 36 from Palakkad district, 31 in Idukki district, 20 from Alappuzha district, 17 in Wayanad district, 12 from Malappuram district and four in Kasaragod district.

So far 12,163 people have recovered from Coronavirus and 10,056 patients are still undergoing treatment.

1,44,636 people presently under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,34,690 under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 9,946 in hospitals. 1,117 persons were admitted to the hospital today.

During the last 24 hours, 21,533 samples were analysed. A total of 7,53,485 samples have till now been sent for testing and the results of 5,529 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,21,115 samples were collected from high-risk groups and the results of 2,228 samples are awaited.

24 new places were designated as hotspots today while 16 were excluded from the list. There are at present 495 hotspots in Kerala.

Home care isolation to be implemented in Kerala on a trial basis

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that home care isolation as per ICMR guidelines will be implemented in Kerala on a trial basis, initially for the Covid infected healthcare workers.

Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Based on the ICMR’s guidelines and the recommendations of the expert committee, home care isolation will be implemented in Kerala for asymptomatic patients. Majority of the people infected by Covid have no symptoms and they do not require much treatment. They are placed in CFLTCs to prevent the spread of the disease to others. These patients can be at home but must fully comply with isolation conditions. Home care isolation is being implemented on an experimental basis for healthcare workers. They are being selected initially because they are aware of the system. But at the same time, no one is being forced into home isolation. Interested healthcare workers will have to give an affidavit.”

Home care isolation is allowed only for those without symptoms. Telephone monitoring, self-monitoring, symptom reporting and finger pulse oximetry records are important in home isolation. A three-tier monitoring system is being implemented. JPHN, Asha Worker and Volunteers will visit and evaluate them on certain days. There will also be supervision by expert doctors. They will be shifted to hospitals if required.

The CM said that home quarantine was a successful component of Covid defence measures. Staying alone in a toilet attached room at home was effective in preventing the spread of the disease to others. Similarly, home care isolation will be allowed only if such a room is available in the house.

“The state has a total of 25,536 beds ready in 176 institutions. This includes 8,715 beds in 29 Covid hospitals, 984 beds in 25 other government hospitals, 14,894 beds in 103 CFLTCs and 943 beds in 19 private hospitals. Therefore, there is no need for concern that treatment facilities will not be available if the number of patients increases”, he added.

Kerala completes six months of surviving Covid
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that it’s been six months since then and the government is using all its resources to tide over the unfamiliar situation. The vigilance and support shown by the people in this regard have given impetus to the Covid preventive measures.

The health department started working on a protocol from the second week of January in the absence of an approved protocol to address a SARS virus spreading in China. The first case of Covid-19 in the country was confirmed in Kerala on January 30. There were three cases in the first phase and we were able to contain the spread. The second phase started on March 8. At the time of the announcement of the nationwide lockdown on March 24, 105 people were undergoing treatment in Kerala. On May 3, the number of patients was reduced to 95. In the second phase, a total of 496 people were infected and only 165 were infected through contact. But once the unlock process started, the third phase began when people started arriving in Kerala from outside. Till date, 6,82,699 people have come from outside, 4,19,943 were from other states and 2,62,756 from foreign countries. In the third phase, 21,298 people were infected till July 29. Of these, 9,099 came from outside Kerala and 12,199 people got infected through contact.

“A significant increase in the number of patients was expected earlier. However, the prevalence of the disease is still unpredictable in Kerala. The systematic work by the government during these six months ensured that Kerala did not go into a dangerous situation as many had predicted. An examination of the health sector alone reveals the extent of government interventions”, the CM said.

276 doctors were appointed in a single day for Covid duty. Kasargod Medical College was made operational and 273 posts created. 980 doctors were appointed on a temporary basis. In addition, 6,700 temporary posts were filled through the NHM to strengthen the basic health system. About 1,000 ambulances were made available for Covid patients. There are 50 mobile medical units operating in the state. Hospitals were converted into Covid hospitals and other facilities were set up. Monitoring systems, from ward level committees to the top, are the mainstay of the Covid defence activities in the state.

Press Release:29-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 903 new cases & 641 recoveries today, 10,350 patients under treatment
19 new hotspots, total 492

903 people in Kerala tested positive for Covid-19 today while 641 patients under treatment have tested negative. 706 people were infected through contact and the contact source of 35 unknown. 90 of those diagnosed today are returnees from overseas and 71 from other states.

One death was also reported, 67 year old Kutty Hassan from Malappuram district, taking the Covid related death toll in the State to 68.

213 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 87 in Malappuram district, 84 from Kollam district, 83 in Ernakulam district, 67 from Kozhikode district, 54 in Pathanamthitta district, 49 each from Palakkad and Kasaragod districts, 43 in Wayanad district, 42 from Kannur district, 38 in Alappuzha district, 34 from Idukki district, 31 in Thrissur district and 29 from Kottayam district are those confirmed with Coronavirus infection.

The district-wise figures of the contact cases are 198 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 77 in Kollam district, 60 in Kozhikode district, 58 in Ernakulam district, 52 in Malappuram district, 43 in Wayanad district, 39 in Pathanamthitta district, 33 in Alappuzha district, 32 in Kasaragod district, 27 in Kottayam district, 25 in Idukki district, 22 each in Thrissur and Kannur districts and 18 in Palakkad district.

30 healthcare workers were also infected by the disease – 10 each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur districts, six from Ernakulam district and one each in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts. Two KSE employees and a KLF employee in Thrissur District are among those infected.

146 patients from Kollam district, 126 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 58 from Ernakulam district, 56 in Thrissur district, 41 from Pathanamthitta district, 36 in Kasaragod district, 35 from Alappuzha district, 34 in Malappuram district, 30 from Kozhikode district, 28 in Kottayam district, 20 from Idukki district, 19 in Palakkad district, nine from Wayanad district and three in Kannur district are those who recovered. So far 11,369 people have been cured of Covid and 10,350 patients are still undergoing treatment.

There are at present 1,47,132 people under observation across the state, 1,37,075 in home or institutional quarantine and 10,057 isolated at hospitals. 1,475 persons were hospitalised today.

23,924 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 7,33,413 samples have been sent for testing and of these, the results of 7,037 samples are awaited. As part of Sentinel Surveillance, 1,19,019 samples were collected from priority groups including health workers, guest workers, and individuals with greater social contact and 1,14,666 samples were confirmed with no infection.

There are 19 new hotspots and 13 places were excluded. There are now 492 hotspots in Kerala.

Press Release:28-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 1,167 new cases & 679 recoveries today, 10,093 patients under treatment
17 new hotspots, total 486

Thiruvananthapuram, July 28: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that 1,167 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 679 patients under treatment have recovered from the disease. 888 are cases of local transmission and in 55 cases; the source of infection is unknown. 122 cases are those who came back from abroad and 96 from other states. 33 healthcare workers were also infected.

Meanwhile, four deaths were reported taking the Covid related death toll in the State to 67. The Chief Minister condoled the deaths of Abu Baker (72) of Ernakulam district, Abdul Rahman (70) of Kasaragod district, Sainuddin (65) of Alappuzha district and Selvamani (65) of Thiruvananthapuram district.

The new positive cases were reported in 222 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 118 in Kottayam district, 112 from Malappuram district, 109 in Thrissur district, 95 from Kollam district, 86 in Palakkad district, 84 from Alappuzha district, 70 in Ernakulam district, 67 from Kozhikode district, 63 in Pathanamthitta district, 53 from Wayanad district, 43 in Kannur district, 38 from Kasaragod district and seven in Idukki district.

The district-wise figures of the contact cases are 199 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 113 from Kottayam district, 88 in Malappuram district, 77 from Kollam district, 64 in Alappuzha district, 61 from Ernakulam district, 58 in Thrissur district, 50 from Kozhikode district, 42 in Wayanad district, 36 each from Pathanamthitta, Palakkad and Kasaragod districts, 21 in Kannur district and seven from Idukki district.

18 infected healthcare workers are in Thiruvananthapuram district, three each are from Kottayam, Malappuram and Kannur districts, two each in Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam districts, and one each from Kollam and Kasaragod districts. 11 KSE employees, nine KLF employees and a BSF personnel in Thrissur district and seven employees of Malabar Trading Company in Wayanad district were also infected by Coronavirus.

The district-wise figures of the patients whose test results were negative today are 170 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 83 from Ernakulam district, 80 in Alappuzha district, 70 from Kollam district, 45 in Thrissur district, 40 from Palakkad district, 36 in Kasargod district, 34 from Malappuram district, 28 in Pathanamthitta district, 27 from Idukki district, 20 in Kottayam district, 18 from Wayanad district, 15 in Kannur district and 13 from Kozhikode district.

So far, 10,728 people have been cured of Covid and at present, 10,093 patients diagnosed with the disease are still undergoing treatment.

1,50,716 persons are currently under surveillance in various districts of the state. 1,40,898 are under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 9,818 are in isolation in hospitals. 1,343 people were admitted to the hospital today.

19,140 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 7,09,348 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 6,596 samples are yet to come. Of the 1,16,418 samples collected from high exposure groups part of Sentinel Surveillance, 1,13,073 samples were negative.

17 new places in the State were designated as hotspots and 25 were exempted. Presently there are 486 hotspots.

Press Release:27-07-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 745 recoveries & 702 new cases today, 9,609 patients under treatment
18 new hotspots, total 495

702 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today even as 745 patients under treatment have recovered from the disease. Sharing the details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, 483 are cases of infection through contact and the source of infection in 35 cases is unknown. 75 of the cases detected today are people who came back from foreign countries and 91 from other states. 43 healthcare workers were also infected The total number of Covid cases confirmed in the State so far is 19,727.

The CM also offered his condolences on the death of 61-year-old Mohammed from Kozhikode district and 85-year-old Ouseph George from Kottayam district,

The district-wise figures of the positive cases are 161 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 86 in Malappuram district, 70 in Idukki district, 68 in Kozhikode district, 59 in Kottayam district, 41 in Palakkad district, 40 in Thrissur district, 38 each in Kannur and Kasaragod districts, 30 in Alappuzha district, 22 in Kollam district, 17 each in Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts and 15 in Ernakulam district.

137 persons in Thiruvananthapuram district, 65 in Malappuram district, 51 in Idukki district, 49 in Kottayam district, 40 in Kozhikode district, 25 in Kasaragod district, 22 in Kollam district, 20 in Alappuzha district, 16 each in Thrissur and Palakkad districts, 15 in Wayanad district, 13 in Ernakulam district, and seven each in Pathanamthitta and Kannur districts are those infected through contact.

The infected healthcare workers are 23 in Kannur district, 13 in Thiruvananthapuram district, three in Kozhikode district and one each in Alappuzha, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kasaragod districts. Seven KSE employee and three KLF employees in Thrissur district are also among those infected.

The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative are 150 in Alappuzha district, 88 in Malappuram district, 69 in Ernakulam district, 65 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 57 in Kollam district, 53 in Kasaragod district, 49 each in Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts, 45 in Thrissur district, 41 in Kozhikode district, 32 in Kannur district, 25 from Idukki district, 13 from Kottayam district and nine from Palakkad district. Till now, 10,049 people have been cured of Coronavirus infection and currently, 9,609 patients are still undergoing treatment.

1,55,148 persons are under observation in various districts of the state, 1,45,751 in home or institutional quarantine and 9,397 in hospitals. 1,237 people were admitted to the hospital today.

During the last 24 hours, 18,417 samples were tested. A total of 6,88,163 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 3,842 samples are awaited. Of the 1,14,832 samples collected from high-risk groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance, 1,11,105 samples were negative.

Today there are 18 new hotspots while 17 areas have been excluded from the list. There are now 495 hotspots in the State.
45% of beds in Covid First Line Treatment Centres occupied in Kerala
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today informed that 45% of the 12,801 beds available in 101 Covid First-Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) are now occupied. He also announced that more CFLTCs are being prepared and additional manpower resources required will be mobilised.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “In the second phase, 229 CFLTCs with 30,598 beds are being made ready and in the third phase, there will be 480 CFLTCs with 36,400 beds. The basic CFLTC team consists of a medical officer, a co-team leader, a staff nurse, two lab technicians and two pharmacists. These numbers will be increased as required. 1,679 personnel were trained for the Covid Brigade. The training for others will begin immediately.”

It is expected that the spread of the disease will increase in the coming days. Steps are being taken to face the situation by preparing more CFLTCs and finding additional manpower. Students who have completed their studies from the Health University courses will be deployed at CFLTCs. LSG bodies will provide accommodation and other facilities to such appointees. The Department of Health has directed the university to prepare the details for the deployment of these students.

The CM also said that the disease outbreaks are occurring in many clusters and the numbers of clusters are also increasing. There is a consensus on tightening the restrictions in these places. The intervention of the police will be further increased to control violations. Legal action will be taken against those who cause the spread of the disease through their irresponsible behaviour.

He also announced that epidemiologists will conduct studies on clusters and places where clusters are likely to form. Long-term projects are being planned for sustaining the Covid defence measures over a long period.

Tariff for Covid treatment in private hospitals, lowest in the country
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has said that charges for Covid treatment in private hospitals fixed by the Government in consultation with the private hospitals are the lowest in the country.

The Chief Minister said, “In Kerala, treatment for Covid is provided completely free of cost in government hospitals. Covid Hospitals and Covid First-Line Treatment Centres also provide free meals to patients. Private hospitals are cooperating well with the government for Covid treatment. As of now, 44 non-functioning hospitals and 42 partially functioning hospitals in the private sector have been identified for taking over and will be converted for Covid treatment. More hospitals are coming forward to join hands with the government for Covid treatment as part of the Karunya Suraksha scheme.”

CASP beneficiaries and government-referred Covid patients will get free treatment from empanelled private hospitals. A temporary empanelment facility has been set up exclusively for Covid treatment. The per-day charges for treatment in private hospitals are Rs. 2,300 in General Ward, Rs. 6,500 in ICU and Rs. 11,500 in Ventilator ICU.

Cabinet Decisions :27-07-2020

മന്ത്രിസഭായോഗ തീരുമാനങ്ങള്‍

താല്‍കാലിക റവന്യൂ പിരിച്ചെടുക്കല്‍ നിയമ ഭേദഗതി

താല്‍ക്കാലിക റവന്യൂ പിരിച്ചെടുക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള നിയമ ഭേദഗതി മന്ത്രി സഭ തീരുമാനിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. കാലാവധി 2020 ഏപ്രില്‍ ഒന്നു മുതല്‍ 180 ദിവസമായി ദീര്‍ഘിപ്പിക്കുന്നതിന് താല്‍ക്കാലിക റവന്യൂ പിരിച്ചെടുക്കല്‍ നിയമത്തില്‍ ഭേദഗതി വരുത്തുന്നതിന് ഗവര്‍ണറോട് ശുപാര്‍ശ ചെയ്യാനാണ് മന്ത്രിസഭ തീരുമാനിച്ചിട്ടുള്ളത്.

1985ലെ താല്‍ക്കാലിക റവന്യൂ പിരിച്ചെടുക്കല്‍ നിയമപ്രകാരം 120 ദിവസമാണ് റവന്യൂ പിരിക്കാന്‍ സര്‍ക്കാരിന് അധികാരമുള്ളത്. ഈ കാലാവധിയ്ക്കകം ബില്ലുകള്‍ നിയമസഭ പാസാക്കിയില്ലെങ്കില്‍ അവ കാലഹരണപ്പെട്ടുപോകും. കേരള ധനകാര്യ ബില്‍ പാസാക്കുന്നതിന് ജൂലൈ 27ന് നിയമസഭ ചേരാന്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചിരുന്നുവെങ്കിലും കോവിഡ് വ്യാപനത്തിന്‍റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ സമ്മേളനം മാറ്റിവെച്ചിരിക്കുകയാണ്. ഈ സാഹചര്യത്തിലാണ് കാലാവധി 120 ദിവസത്തില്‍ നിന്ന് 180 ദിവസമാക്കുന്നതിന് ഓര്‍ഡിനന്‍സ് കൊണ്ടുവരുന്നത്.

Press Release:24-07-2020

968 recoveries & 885 new cases today, total 9,371 patients under treatment
38 new hotspots, total 453

 
885 new active Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today while 968 patients were cured of the disease. Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said the total count of confirmed cases in the State is 16,995. Of those diagnosed today, 724 are contact cases and the source of infection is unknown in 56 cases. 64 have arrived from overseas and 68 from other states. 24 healthcare workers were also infected. The Chief Minister also condoled four Covid deaths in the State.
 
The deceased have been identified as Murugan (46) of Thiruvananthapuram district, Khairunnisa (48) and Madhavan (68) from Kasaragod district and Mariamma (85) of Alappuzha district.
 
167 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 133 in Kollam district, 106 from Kasaragod district, 82 in Kozhikode district, 69 from Ernakulam district, 58 each in Palakkad and Malappuram districts, 50 from Kottayam district, 44 in Alappuzha district, 33 from Thrissur district, 29 in Idukki district, 23 from Pathanamthitta district, 18 in Kannur district and 15 from Wayanad district are those who tested positive for Coronavirus infection.
 
Those infected through contact are 156 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 123 from Kollam district, 97 in Kasaragod district, 78 from Kozhikode district, 60 in Ernakulam district, 47 from Kottayam district, 33 in Alappuzha district, 35 in Palakkad district, 33 from Malappuram district, 24 in Idukki district, 20 from Thrissur district, 13 in Pathanamthitta district, four from Wayanad district and one in Kannur district.
 
The infected health workers are 10 in Kannur district, five from Thiruvananthapuram district, three in Malappuram district, two from Wayanad district and one each in Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kasaragod districts. In addition, four Fire Force personnel and one KSE employee in Thrissur were also infected.
 
The district-wise figures of patients who tested negative are 151 from Ernakulam district, 108 in Kannur district, 101 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 96 in Idukki district, 81 from Pathanamthitta district, 74 in Kottayam district, 68 from Kasaragod district, 66 in Kozhikode district, 63 from Palakkad district, 54 in Kollam district, 49 from Alappuzha district, 24 in Malappuram district, 21 from Wayanad district and 12 in Thrissur district. So far, 7,564 patients have been cured of Covid in Kerala and presently, 9,371 are undergoing treatment.
 
1,56,767 people under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,47,470 under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 9,297 in hospitals. 1,346 persons were hospitalised today.
 
25,160 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 6,35,272 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 9,185 samples are awaited. 1,09,635 samples were collected from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance and of these, 1,05,433 samples were negative.
 
38 new places were declared as hotspots today and 16 were excluded from the list. The total number of hotspots in the State is now 453.

Kerala third in India in Covid testing with test positivity of only 2.6% 
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today informed that the State ranks third in India in terms of Covid testing. “In terms of testing, Kerala ranks third in terms of the scientific method of test per million by case per million. The test positivity in the state is only 2.6 per cent. According to the WHO, less than 5% of cases means the situation is under control. Today, the number of new cases has dropped to less than a thousand. Even though the number of recoveries was more, the situation in many parts of the state requires more caution”, the Chief Minister said.
 
Although Covid19 was first reported in India in Kerala as early in January, meticulous interventions have helped to reduce the virus outbreak and reduce mortality. In the first two stages, the infection spread was effectively prevented. The third stage was expected. “It was out achievement that we could reduce the number of deaths. The case fatality rate is 0.31%. As of yesterday, 16,110 people had been infected and the death toll was only 50”, he added.
 
The State has gradually increased the testing facilities. Starting with just one lab, today RTPCR testing facilities are available at 25 locations, including 15 government labs and eight private labs. True NAT testing is conducted at 19 government labs and 15 private labs, CB NAT testing at six government labs and nine private labs. There are also 10 labs for airports and clusters antigen testing. Currently, various Covid tests are being performed in 84 labs. Steps are being taken to set up eight more government labs. Accredited private labs are also allowed to test.
 
Initially, just fewer than 100 tests were being conducted daily. Now it has been ramped up to more than 25,000, depending on the outbreak of the disease. In the last 24 hours, 25,160 samples were tested. So far, a total of 6,35,272 samples have so far been sent for testing, including routine samples, Airport Surveillance, Pooled Sentinel, CBNAT, Trunat, CLIA and Antigen Assay.
 
The CM also informed that there is enough stock of kits for 30 days. More kits will be procured through KMSCL in case of shortage.

Good progress in setting up Covid First-Line Treatment Centres 
Covid First-Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) are being set up in all the districts in the State as the numbers of patients are increasing. CFLTCs are public health centres specially designed to combat Kovid spread. Test positive persons with mild or no symptoms are treated at First-Line Treatment Centres. This will reduce congestion in hospitals and provide better treatment.
 
Briefing media, the Chief Minister said, “CFLTCs are set up in three phases. The first phase will have 86 CFLTCs with 11,284 beds; the second phase, 253 CFLTCs with 30,598 beds and in the third phase, 36,400 beds in 480 CFLTCs. New centres are being set up every day. The manpower for these CFLTCs is also being mobilised.”
 
Employees are being set up based on Pool I, Pool II and Pool III. In Pool I, about 30,000 employees are already selected and assigned to the respective districts. The District Collector and the District Medical Officer will appoint them to the required CFLTCs. More than 50,000 employees have been identified for Pool II & III. Arrangements are being made for additional resources.
 
The CM also disclosed that discussions were held with 1,129 private hospitals managements. In the first phase, about 200 hospitals have come forward and their services will also be used in CFLTCs if required.

Press Release:23-07-2020

1,078 new cases & 432 recoveries today, total 9,458 patients under treatment
20 new hotspots, total 428

 
Thiruvananthapuram, July 23: 1,078 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today even as 432 patients recovered from the same. Giving details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said the numbers of Covid patients are increasing by the day and the total number of confirmed cases in the State is now 16,110. Of those detected today, 798 got infected through contact and the source of 65 cases is not clear. 104 are returnees from overseas and 115 from other states. There were five deaths also.
 
The district-wise figures of the positive cases are 222 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 106 in Kollam district, 100 from Ernakulam district, 89 in Malappuram district, 83 from Thrissur district, 82 in Alappuzha district, 80 from Kottayam district, 67 in Kozhikode district, 63 from Idukki district, 51 each from Palakkad and Kannur districts, 47 from Kasaragod district, 27 in Pathanamthitta district and 10 from Wayanad district.
 
This includes the test results of Rahiyanat (58) of Kollam district and Sadanandan (60) of Kannur district who died on July 21. The other deceased are Raveendran (73) of Thiruvananthapuram district, Koyutti (57) of Kozhikode district and Lakshmi Kunjan Pillai (79) of Ernakulam district.  So far 50 Covid related deaths have been reported in the State.
 
Those infected through contact are 206 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 103 from Kollam district, 98 in Ernakulam district, 56 from Kozhikode district, 52 in Kottayam district, 49 from Idukki district, 46 in Alappuzha district, 41 from Kasaragod district, 40 each in Thrissur and Palakkad districts, 29 from Malappuram district, 24 in Pathanamthitta district, 12 from Kannur district and three in Wayanad district.
 
32 healthcare workers were also infected – seven each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur districts, six from Idukki district, three each in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts, two from Kozhikode district, and one each in Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod districts. In addition, three ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district, 12 Fire Force employees, nine KSE employees and two KLF employees in Thrissur district were also infected.
 
The district figures of those patients who tested negative are 95 from Ernakulam district, 60 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 45 from Palakkad district, 39 in Alappuzha district, 36 from Kasaragod district, 31 in Kollam district, 30 from Malappuram district, 25 in Kottayam district, 22 from Idukki district, 21 in Thrissur district, 16 from Kozhikode district, seven in Kannur district and five from Wayanad district. Till now, 6,596 patients have been cured of Coronavirus infection and 9,458 patients are still undergoing treatment.
 
There are currently 1,58,117 people under observation across the state, 1,48,763 in home or institutional quarantine and 9,354 in hospitals. 1,070 people were admitted to the hospital today.
 
22,433 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 6,12,266 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 9,159 samples are yet to come. 1,07,066 samples collected from priority groups with more social exposure as part of Sentinel Surveillance and of these, 1,02,687 samples were negative.
 
20 new places were declared as hotspots today while six were excluded. The total number of hotspots in Kerala is now 428.
Kerala to set up Covid Brigade to power Covid First Line Treatment Centres: CM
 
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced the formation of Covid Brigade to man the Covid First-Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) in the State. The Covid Brigade will be set up by mobilising additional manpower resources in addition to the health department staff.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “More people are needed to strengthen Covid defensive operations in view of the rising numbers of cases. We have worked out an integrated action plan. In addition to the staff in the health department, more contract health workers, including those from the National Health Mission, will be appointed. They will get a higher salary, as determined from time to time and there will be a proportional increase. They will also be covered by health insurance and will be given incentives too. The Covid Brigade should be seen as an army that includes doctors, nurses, other paramedical staff as well as volunteers.”
 
The CM also informed that special health care will be provided to all contract employees in the Covid Brigade and they will be given free treatment if they become ill during their service. Certificates of appreciation will be given to students who have been involved in the Covid defence activities. The remuneration for those currently engaged in these activities will be increased. For those in the Grade 4 category, the current daily salary of Rs 450 will be increased to Rs 1,000. He also requested the support and participation of more people in this Covid Brigade.
 
50 per cent of active cases in just four districts
 
The Chief Minister today said at present half of the active cases are in Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts.
 
“About 65% of the cases reported in the last two weeks are in Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Ernakulam and Kollam districts. This means that the situation in Kasargod district during the early stages of the Covid outbreak in the State is now is spreading to many other districts. We were able to control the spread of the disease initially by announcing a lockdown. However, the situation changed when more people started coming from outside. The Break the Chain campaign, social distancing and other safety measures were well implemented but that too has come down now. We are in the third phase of the outbreak in the State. We must strictly follow the Covid protocol, wear masks, wash hands and maintain social distancing. Our actions now will decide our future in the next few weeks”, he said.
 
The CM also requested all those who are able to volunteer to come forward to ensure the health of the whole community.

Cabinet Decisions :23-07-2020

ജൂലൈ 27ന് ചേരാന്‍ നിശ്ചയിച്ച നിയമസഭയുടെ പ്രത്യേക സമ്മേളനം കോവിഡ് മഹാമാരിയുടെ സ്ഥിതി കൂടുതല്‍ രൂക്ഷമായിവരുന്ന സാഹചര്യത്തില്‍ മാറ്റിവെക്കാന്‍ ഗവര്‍ണറോട് ശുപാര്‍ശ ചെയ്യാന്‍ ഇന്ന് ചേര്‍ന്ന മന്ത്രിസഭായോഗം തീരുമാനിച്ചു.

2020-21ലെ ധനകാര്യ ബില്‍ പാസാക്കുന്നതിനാണ് പ്രത്യേക സമ്മേളനം വിളിക്കാന്‍ നേരത്തെ ഗവര്‍ണറോട് ശുപാര്‍ശ ചെയ്തിരുന്നത്. ഇന്നത്തെ സാഹചര്യത്തില്‍ കോവിഡ് പ്രോട്ടോക്കോള്‍ പാലിച്ചുകൊണ്ട് നിയമസഭ ചേരുന്നതിന് പ്രായോഗിക ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുകളുണ്ട്. പല നിയമസഭാംഗങ്ങളും പ്രായം കൂടിയവരാണ് എന്നതു കൂടി കണക്കിലെടുത്താണ് സമ്മേളനം മാറ്റിവെക്കുന്നതിന് ഗവര്‍ണറോട് ശുപാര്‍ശ ചെയ്യാന്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചത്.

വിവിധ ആവശ്യങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് യാത്ര ചെയ്യുന്ന സ്ത്രീകള്‍ക്ക് വിശ്രമത്തിനും രാത്രിയില്‍ സുരക്ഷിത താമസത്തിനും സംസ്ഥാനത്ത് ഷീ ലോഡ്ജുകള്‍ സ്ഥാപിക്കാന്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചു.

തദ്ദേശസ്വയംഭരണ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളുടെ ഉടമസ്ഥതയിലായിരിക്കും ഷീ ലോഡ്ജുകള്‍ സ്ഥാപിക്കുക. അതിന്‍റെ നടത്തിപ്പ് കുടുംബശ്രീയെയോ മറ്റ് ഏജന്‍സികളെയോ ഏല്‍പ്പിക്കും. ഷീ ലോഡ്ജുകള്‍ക്ക് ആവശ്യമായ കെട്ടിടം നിര്‍മിക്കുന്നതിനും നിലവിലുള്ള കെട്ടിടങ്ങള്‍ അറ്റകുറ്റപ്പണി നടത്തി ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നതിനും തദ്ദേശഭരണസ്ഥാപനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് തുക വകയിരുത്താവുന്നതാണ്. ഷീ ലോഡ്ജുകളുടെ നടത്തിപ്പ് തദ്ദേശസ്വയംഭരണസ്ഥാപനങ്ങളും ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട ഏജന്‍സിയും തമ്മില്‍ ഉണ്ടാക്കുന്ന കരാറിന്‍റെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലായിരിക്കും.

ഷീ ലോഡ്ജുകളില്‍ കുറഞ്ഞത് എട്ട് കിടക്കയെങ്കിലും ഉണ്ടാകണം. ഡോര്‍മിറ്ററികളോ പ്രത്യേക മുറികളോ ആകാം. ശുചിമുറികള്‍ വൃത്തിയുള്ളതായിരിക്കണം. വൃത്തിയുള്ള അടുക്കള, ശുദ്ധജലം, ടിവി, ഫ്രിഡ്ജ്, വൈഫൈ മുതലായ സൗകര്യങ്ങള്‍ ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കണം. എല്ലാ സ്ഥലവും കവര്‍ ചെയ്യുന്ന സിസിടിവി ക്യാമറകള്‍ സ്ഥാപിക്കണം.

ജില്ലാതലത്തില്‍ ഷീ ലോഡ്ജിന്‍റെ നടത്തിപ്പിന് ജില്ലാ കലക്ടര്‍, ജില്ലാ പഞ്ചായത്ത് പ്രസിഡന്‍റ്, തദ്ദേശസ്ഥാപന സെക്രട്ടറി, കുടുംബശ്രീ ജില്ലാമിഷന്‍ കോര്‍ഡിനേറ്റര്‍ എന്നിവരടങ്ങുന്ന സമിതി രൂപീകരിക്കും.

നിലമ്പൂര്‍ താലൂക്കിലെ കവളപ്പാറയില്‍ 2019ലെ ഉരുള്‍പൊട്ടലില്‍ ഭൂമിയും വീടും നഷ്ടപ്പെട്ട 67 പേര്‍ക്ക് ഭൂമി വാങ്ങുന്നതിന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ ദുരിതാശ്വാസനിധിയില്‍ നിന്ന് 4.02 കോടി രൂപ അനുവദിക്കാന്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചു. ഒരു ഗുണഭോക്താവിന് ആറുലക്ഷം രൂപ ലഭിക്കും.

ആകെയുള്ള 94 ഗുണഭോക്താക്കള്‍ക്കും വീടു നിര്‍മാണത്തിന് 3.76 കോടി രൂപ അനുവദിക്കാനും തീരുമാനിച്ചു. ഓരോ ഗുണഭോക്താവിനും നാലുലക്ഷം രൂപയാണ് വീടു നിര്‍മാണത്തിന് അനുവദിക്കുക. ഇതില്‍ 3,04,900 രൂപ മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ ദുരിതാശ്വാസനിധിയില്‍ നിന്നും 95,100 രൂപ സംസ്ഥാന ദുരന്തപ്രതികരണ നിധിയില്‍ നിന്നുമാണ് ലഭ്യമാക്കുക.

ഔദ്യോഗിക കൃത്യനിര്‍വഹണത്തിനിടെ 2015-ല്‍ മണല്‍ മാഫിയയുടെ ആക്രമണത്തില്‍ ഗുരുതരമായി പരുക്കേറ്റതിനെ തുടര്‍ന്ന് 2018-ല്‍ സര്‍വീസില്‍ നിന്ന് വിരമിക്കേണ്ടിവന്ന സബ് ഇന്‍സ്പെക്ടര്‍ കെ.എം. രാജന്‍റെ മകന്‍ കെ.എം. സന്ദീപിന് മാനുഷിക പരിഗണനയുടെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തില്‍ വിഷയം അസാധാരണ കേസായി പരിഗണിച്ച് സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ സര്‍വീസില്‍ ജോലി നല്‍കാന്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചു. കണ്ണൂര്‍ പരിയാരം പോലീസ് സ്റ്റേഷനില്‍ സബ് ഇന്‍സ്പെക്ടറായി ജോലി ചെയ്യുമ്പോഴാണ് രാജന് നേരെ ആക്രമണമുണ്ടായത്. അദ്ദേഹം ഇപ്പോഴും കിടപ്പിലാണ്.

ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ഇന്‍ഫര്‍മേഷന്‍ സര്‍വീസിലെ എസ്. സുബ്രഹ്മണ്യനെ (2001 ബാച്ച്) സോയില്‍ സര്‍വെ ആന്‍ഡ് സോയില്‍ കണ്‍സര്‍വേഷന്‍ വകുപ്പ് ഡയറക്ടറായി ഡെപ്യൂട്ടേഷന്‍ വ്യവസ്ഥയില്‍ നിയമിക്കാന്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചു.

Press Release:22-07-2020

1,038 new cases & 272 recoveries today, total 8,818 patients under treatment
51 new hotspots, total 397
 
Thiruvananthapuram, July 22: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that the number of active Covid-19 cases in Kerala has crossed the 1,000 mark for the first time as 1,038 cases were confirmed today. The total number of cases in the State is now 15,032.
 
Of the case detected today, 785 are contact cases and there are 57 cases with unknown source of infection. 87 are those who came back from foreign counties and 109 from other states. Meanwhile 272 patients have recovered from the disease today. The CM also offered his condolences on the death of Narayanan, a 75year old from Idukki district.
 
226 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 133 in Kollam district, 120 from Alappuzha district, 101 in Kasaragod district, 92 from Ernakulam district, 61 in Malappuram district, 56 from Thrissur district, 51 in Kottayam district, 49 from Pathanamthitta district. 43 in Idukki and Kannur districts, 34 from Palakkad district, 25 in Kozhikode district and four from Wayanad district are those who tested positive today.
 
The district-wise figures of the local transmission are 205 cases in Thiruvananthapuram district, 121 from Kollam district, 87 in Kasaragod district, 82 from Ernakulam district, 63 in Alappuzha district, 40 from Kottayam district, 36 in Pathanamthitta district, 31 from Malappuram district, 30 in Thrissur district, 28 from Idukki district, 25 in Palakkad district, 22 from Kozhikode district, 13 in Kannur district and two from Wayanad district.
 
24 healthcare workers are among those infected, 18 in Thiruvananthapuram district, three from Kannur district, two in Kasaragod district and one from Pathanamthitta district. In addition, 20 ITBP personnel in Alappuzha district, five DSC personnel in Kannur district, four KSE employees and one KLF employee in Thrissur district, were also infected.
 
52 patients from Malappuram district, 43 in Kasaragod district, 38 from Pathanamthitta district, 33 in Thrissur district, 19 from Alappuzha district, 18 in Ernakulam district, 15 from Palakkad district, 14 in Kozhikode district, 13 from Kollam district, 12 in Kottayam district, nine from Thiruvananthapuram district, five in Wayanad district and one from Idukki district are those whose test results were negative today. So far, 6,164 people have been cured of Coronavirus and at present, there are 8,818 patients undergoing treatment.
 
There are a total of 1,59,777 people under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,50,746 are under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 9,031 are isolated in hospitals. 1,164 people were hospitalised today.
 
20,847 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 5,88,930 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 8,320 samples are awaited. Of these, 1,03,951 samples were collected from high-risk priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 99,499 samples were negative.
 
51 new places were assigned as hotspots today while seven were excluded. The total number of hotspots in Kerala is 397 now.
Kerala prepared to handle the current spike in Covid cases: Chief Minister 
Thiruvananthapuram, July 22: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today assured the people of the state that the government was fully geared up to handle the current spike in Covid cases.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “With the number of new active Covid cases in the state exceeding 1,000 in a day, the present situation and the details about the medical facilities need to be mentioned. Of the 8,056 Covid patients currently under treatment, 53 are in the ICU and nine are on the ventilator. The case per million in Kerala is 419.1 as against the national figure of 864.4.  the fatality rate in the State is 0.31 as compared to 2.41 in India. So far 86,959 persons have been identified as primary contacts and 37,937 people were identified as secondary contacts in the state. Of the total number of positive cases, 65.16% are currently locally acquired (locally transmitted) and Thiruvananthapuram district has the highest at 94.4%.”
 
In addition to the dedicated hospital beds for Covid treatment, 15,975 additional beds have been set up at the First Line Treatment Centres and of these, 4,535 are being currently used in treatment. The State has a stock of 3.42 lakhs N95 masks, 3.86 lakh PPE kits, 16.1 lakhs three-layer masks and 40.3 lakhs gloves for health workers. 80 ventilators have been purchased in the last few days. 270 ICU ventilators were given by the Central Government. Another 50 ventilators are expected from the central government within two weeks. Enough oxygen has been stocked to operate 6,007 ventilators day and night. Liquid oxygen facilities are available at seven medical college hospitals. 947 ambulances are ready specifically for Covid purpose.
 
“The e-Sanjeevini telemedicine system is functioning in all the districts and at present, there are 50 mobile medical units in operation. Work is underway to establish another 19.  We are prepared to face the current situation”, the CM added.
 
Kerala’s discharge policy for Covid patients 
The Chief Minister today clarified that Kerala’s discharge policy regarding Covid patients is different from the existing policies at the national level and in other states. As per national policy, a patient is discharged after 10 days of admission if there are no minor symptoms. Most states follow that method. Initially in Kerala, a patient was discharged only after two consecutive negative test results.
 
“Now, tests have been made mandatory in asymptomatic cases also in the updated guidelines of the Department of Health published yesterday. Patients will be discharged only if the antigen test is negative. Kerala has always followed a policy of discharging patients only after test negative. This is to ensure the safety of the community and to prevent the further spread of the disease. In the third phase of the Covid outbreak in the State, the numbers have been increasing rapidly and today it has cross 1,000.  A pandemic creates a complex situation”, the CM said.

 Free Onam provision kits for 88 lakhs ration card holders 
The Chief Minister today announced that grocery kits will be distributed free of cost to 88 lakhs ration cardholders during Onam, in the context of the Covid outbreak. The kit will contain 11 items. The distribution of the free Onam kit would start in the last week of August. In addition, 10 kg rice will be distributed in August at Rs. 15 per kg rate to non-priority sections who do not receive adequate ration.

Press Release:21-07-2020

720 new cases & 274 recoveries today, total 8,056 patients under treatment
22 new hotspots, total 353
 
Thiruvananthapuram, July 21: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that 720 new active Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today and the total number of cases in the State is now 13,994.
 
Of the cases detected today, 528 are contact cases and the source of contact in 34 cases is unknown; 82 are those who arrived from abroad and 54 from other states. 17 healthcare workers, 29 DSC jawans, four ITBP personnel, four KSE employees and a KLF employee were also infected. The CM also condoled the death of Victoria, a 72year old from Thiruvananthapuram district. At the same time, the test results of 274 patients undergoing treatment were negative today.
 
The district-wise details of the positive cases are 151 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 85 in Kollam district, 80 from Ernakulam district, 61 in Malappuram district, 57 from Kannur district, 46 each in Alappuzha and Palakkad districts, 40 each from Pathanamthitta and Kasargod districts, 39 each in Kottayam and Kozhikode districts, 19 from Thrissur district and 17 in Wayanad district.
 
The details of those infected through contact are 144 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 79 from Kollam district, 72 in Ernakulam district, 36 each from Palakkad and Kasaragod districts, 35 in Kottayam district, 33 from Kozhikode district, 30 in Alappuzha district, 29 from Malappuram district, 21 in Pathanamthitta district, six from Wayanad district, five in Kannur district and two from Thrissur district.
 
The infected healthcare workers are five in Kannur district, three each from Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts, two in Kollam district, and one each in Thrissur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kasaragod districts.
 
70 patients from Alappuzha district, 51 in Malappuram district, 39 from Kozhikode district, 34 in Palakkad district, 14 from Wayanad district, 11 each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts, 10 each from Kottayam and Kannur districts, seven in Ernakulam district, six each from Thrissur and Kasaragod districts and five in Idukki district are those who tested negative today. So far, 5,892 people have recovered from Coronavirus and 8,056 patients are currently under treatment.
 
1,62,444 people are under surveillance across the state, 1,54,167 under observation at home or institutional quarantine and 8,277 are isolated in hospitals. 984 people were admitted to the hospital today.
 
During the last 24 hours, 19,524 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 5,67,278 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 7,410 samples are yet to come. Of these, 1,00,942 samples collected from high priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance and 96,544 samples were negative.
 
Today, 22 places were announced as hotspots while six were excluded. There are currently 353 hotspots in the State.

742 Covid First Line Treatment Centres to be operational in Kerala: CM 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that 742 Covid First Line Treatment Centres are expected to be ready by July 23. He also informed that there are 101 active clusters and 18 large community clusters. Most of these clusters are in the coastal areas of the State.
 
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “There is no need for any concern about the medical and treatment facilities in view of the increasing numbers of Covid patients in the state. The setting up of Covid First-Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) under LSG bodies is progressing rapidly. Those who are antigen test positive, with no obvious symptoms or mild symptoms are admitted in CFLTCs.”
 
Giving details, the CM said that as on July 19, 20,404 beds were ready in 187 CFLTCs across the state. 305 doctors, 572 nurses, 62 pharmacists and 27 lab technicians have been assigned to the CFLTCs. 742 CFLTCs are expected to be ready by July 23 and this will increase the number of available beds to 69,215.
 
All CFLTCs will have the facility to conduct OP from morning to evening. Landline and internet facilities required for telemedicine will also be available. Ambulance facilities will be provided to each CFLTC. Those in isolation will get separate rooms with bathrooms. Arrangements are being made to ensure uninterrupted supply of water and electricity and supply of food. All CFLTCs will have facilities such as front office, doctor’s consulting room, nursing station, pharmacy, store, observation room, etc. Arrangements will be made for the scientific disposal of waste.
 
110 Testing Centres now in Kerala 
The Chief Minister today informed that at present, there are 59 testing centres in the government sector and 51 in the private sector. Initially, there was only PCR test but now all types of tests are being conducted.
 
“The number of testing centres and tests will be further increased. The tariff for Covid treatment in private hospitals has been fixed. Many private hospitals have now started Covid treatment centres. Two self-financed private medical colleges in Kannur and Wayanad have been set aside only for Kovid treatment”, he added.
 
The Chief Minister reiterated that some people are continuing to mislead the public through their propaganda. “The State has taken all efforts to contain the outbreak of the pandemic. The fight against Covid is similar to a marathon which is a true test of endurance. Kerala still has one of the lowest case-fatality rates in the world. The case fatality rate in Kerala is 0.33% much less than the national average. Even at this time, the low mortality rate in an area with such a high population density, geriatric population and high incidence of diseases indicates that Kerala’s defence is excellent. Kerala is also far ahead in testing. We perform 44 tests per positive case. The improved situation here is a result of the care and vigilance we have shown in combating the Covid pandemic. Kerala is the only state in India that traces secondary contacts. Very few places have shown the kind of caution and preparation that we have shown.”
 
Minister of Health & Social Justice, Smt K K Shailaja; Revenue Minister, Shri E Chandrasekharan, and Chief Secretary, Dr Vishwas Mehta IAS, were also present for the briefing.