Category: Press Release

Press Release:05-11-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
6,820 new cases & 7,669 recoveries today, total 84,087 active cases
61,388 sample tests in the last 24 hours

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 6,820 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today. 5,935 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection for 730 was unknown. There were 60 healthcare workers among those infected. At the same time, 26 deaths were reported taking the Covid related death toll in the state to 1,613. Meanwhile, 7,699 patients have recovered from the disease today.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “There has been a 1-10% decline in the number of new positive cases daily this week as compared to the daily figures from last week but this should not result in a drop in our vigilance against the disease. We need to increase our caution despite the falling numbers. Many places have seen the Coranavirus bounce back with increased vigour after a respite. If that happens here, then the impact of the disease will be beyond our control.”
 
The district-wise figures for the new positive cases are Thrissur 900, Kozhikode 828, Thiruvananthapuram 756, Ernakulam 749, Alappuzha 660, Malappuram 627, Kollam 523, Kottayam 479, Palakkad 372, Kannur 329, Pathanamthitta 212, Kasaragod 155, Idukki 116 and Wayanad 114. 95 of those diagnosed with the disease have come to the state are from outside.
 
The numbers for the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Thrissur 880, Kozhikode 805, Thiruvananthapuram 596, Ernakulam 519, Alappuzha 627, Malappuram 584, Kollam 516, Kottayam 475, Palakkad 193, Kannur 240, Pathanamthitta 166, Kasargod 146, Idukki 84 and Wayanad 104.
 
The tally for the infected medical personnel from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 14; Ernakulam, Thrissur & Kozhikode 7 each, Kannur 6, Kasaragod 5, Alappuzha 4, Palakkad 3; Kollam, Pathanamthitta & Malappuram 2 each, and Wayanad 1.
 
The district-wise numbers for the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 622, Kollam 593, Pathanamthitta 364, Alappuzha 521, Kottayam 480, Idukki 113, Ernakulam 1,288, Thrissur 1,032, Palakkad 324, Malappuram 853, Kozhikode 844, Wayanad 79, Kannur 546 and Kasargod 40.
 
So far 3,80,650 people have been cured of Covid in the State and at present, there are 84,087 patients still undergoing treatment for the same.
 
There are a total of 3,02,919 persons in isolation in various districts of the state – 2,81,568 under home or institutional quarantine and 21,351 in hospitals. 3,011 people were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
61,388 samples were tested during the last 24 hours while 49,22,200 samples have been totally sent for testing till now.
 
Today, 12 new hotspots were declared in Malappuram, Thrissur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Idukki and Palakkad districts while 12 areas were excluded. There are 638 hotspots in Kerala now.

Kerala exceeds 100 days 50,000 jobs target, creates 61,290 jobs in two months: CM
Revised target aims at one lakh job opportunities in Sep-Dec period

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 05: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the government has surpassed the target of creating 50,000 jobs in 100 days. Briefing the media, the Chief Minster said, “At the end of the two months period, 61,290 jobs have been created in the State. Today we are setting a new goal of creating another 50,000 jobs before the end of December. Thus the revised target is employment for one lakh people in four months (during the September to December).”
 
Government departments and other Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have employed 19,607 people including temporary employees. In addition, 41,683 jobs were created in enterprises which took loans from the government or financial institutions.
 
Giving further details, the CM said, “Kudumbasree has emerged as the largest job provider in the entrepreneur sector. Kudumbasree provided employment to 19,135 persons during September and October as against their target of 15,000. The highest number of jobs created was in micro-enterprises segment with 6,965 opportunities. 613 persons were employed in the Janakiya hotels opened after September, 2,620 people at home shops and marketing kiosks, 2,153 in Animal Husbandry and 1,503 in agricultural value-added enterprises. Kudumbasree has launched an extensive programme for job creation. We are going to conduct general awareness training for those who are interested in starting ventures.”
 
The Industries Directorate has created 12,325 jobs in the entrepreneurship sector. As part of the central stimulus package, 1.01 lakh people received an additional loan of Rs. 4,525 crores resulting in an estimated 1,200 additional jobs. The number of jobs created included industrial units through District Industrial Centres and units started under Kerala MSME Facilitation Act. 1,602 persons got employment in 500 ventures that took loans from Kerala Financial Corporation, Similarly, 1,490 persons have got employment from the loans from the Backward Community corporation, 4,030 from the loan given by the Co-operative Societies and 842 from the loan from the Fisheries department. 782 persons got employment in Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Development Corporations.
 
The Food and Civil Supplies Department (SupplyCo) has provided temporary employment to more than 7,900 people since September to pack the free food provision kits. The Public Education Department employed 4,962 people including 3,139 appointments in aided schools, 92 in Higher Secondary and 23 in VHSC.
 
774 persons were recruited through PSC in KSFE. The Health Department employed 3,069 people including 2,491 temporary assignments in Covid First-line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs). 453 people got placements in PSUs and 180 in the Local Self Government Department.
 
“In view of the Covid pandemic, it was announced that 50,000 jobs would be created in the non-agricultural sector in 100 days, 100 projects programme. It is a proud achievement that we are setting an example by creating new jobs in Kerala when employment is declining all over the world during the Covid period. At the same time, as part of the Subhiksha Kerala project, a large number of jobs will be created in the agricultural and fisheries sectors”, the CM added.

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.

Press Release:29-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker:
7,020 new cases & 8,474 recoveries today
Total 91,784 patients under treatment
54,339 sample tests in last 24 hours

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 7,020 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. 6,037 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection for 734 was unknown. 81 healthcare workers were among those infected. At the same time, 8,474 patients have recovered from the disease today.

26 deaths were reported today taking the Covid related death toll in the State to 1,429. The deceased are Padmavathi Amma (89), Radhakrishnan Pillai (64), Geetha (60), Mireen Elizabeth (54), Jayachandran (67), Babu (63) Ratheesh (40), Yashoda (73) & Rashid (82) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Shobhana (60), Baby (72) & Raghukumar (60) from Alappuzha district, Sanjeev (45) from Idukki district, Sulekha Aboobacker (58) from Ernakulam district, Kunju Aboobacker (75) & Praseed (42) from Thrissur district; Hamsa (53), Yahu (68), Zubaida (58), Nafisa (66) & Ahmed Kutty (69) from Malappuram district; Ibrahim (75), Kasim (64), Kumaran (67) & Muhammad Ali (72) from Kannur district, and Sarada (38) from Wayanad district.

The district-wise figures for the positive cases today are Thrissur 983, Ernakulam 802, Thiruvananthapuram 789, Alappuzha 788, Kozhikode 692, Malappuram 589, Kollam 482, Kannur 419, Kottayam 389, Palakkad 369, Pathanamthitta 270, Kasaragod 187, Idukki 168 and Wayanad 93. 168 of those diagnosed have travelled to the state outside.

The numbers of the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Thrissur 964, Ernakulam 594, Thiruvananthapuram 625, Alappuzha 686, Kozhikode 664, Malappuram 547, Kollam 469, Kannur 306, Kottayam 385, Palakkad 189, Pathanamthitta 206, Kasargod 172, Idukki 137 and Wayanad 93.

The count of the infected healthcare workers from the districts are Ernakulam 21, Kannur 16, Kozhikode 13, Thiruvananthapuram 8, Kasaragod 7, Thrissur 5, Pathanamthitta & Palakkad 3 each, Kollam 2, and Alappuzha, Kottayam & Malappuram 1 each.

The district-wise numbers of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 880, Kollam 451, Pathanamthitta 199, Alappuzha 368, Kottayam 1,050, Idukki 66, Ernakulam 600, Thrissur 1,037, Palakkad 568, Malappuram 1,300, Kozhikode 1,006, Wayanad 99, Kannur 679 and Kasaragod 171.

So far, 3,25,166 people have recovered from Covid in the State and at present, there are 91,784 patients undergoing treatment for Coronavirus infection.

There are currently 2,91,964 people under isolation in various districts of the state – 2,69,424 at their homes or at institutional quarantine centres and 22,540 in hospitals. 2,887 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.

54,339 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 45,31,069 samples have been sent for testing.

During his briefing, the Chief Minister said, “District Collectors have been directed to set up test kiosks in public places in all districts in an effort to ramp up testing numbers in the state. 167 places have been identified and kiosks have already started functioning in 57 places. The number of cases in the State has risen to 11,280 per million as compared to the national average of 5,790. Accordingly, the number of tests has been increased. There are 1,23,524 tests per million in Kerala as against the national figure of 76,440.”

Meanwhile, 22 places were designated as hotspots today while 14 areas were excluded. There are 694 hotspots in Kerala now.

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.

Press Release:22-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
7,482 new cases & 7,593 recoveries today, total 93,291 patients under treatment
56,093 sample tests in last 24 hours

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that 7,482 new active cases of Covid-19 were reported in Kerala today. 6,448 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection was unknown for 844.  There are 67 healthcare workers among those infected. At the same time, 7,593 patients were cured of Coronavirus infection today.
 
23 deaths were confirmed today as due to Covid taking the death toll in the state to 1,255. The deceased are Hariharan (56), Kuttappan (72), Sasidharan (70), Nasser (56) & Anil (47) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Sharadamma (72) & Nawabudin (58) from Kollam district, Ramakrishnan Pillai (83) from Alappuzha district, Sainaba Beevi (96) from Kottayam district; Tresa Lonan (89), Basheer (60), K K Pushpa (68), Salma Seidu Mohammad (55) & Soudamini Amma (78) from Ernakulam district, Ramakrishnan (70) & Shameer (41) from Thrissur district; Hamsa (58), Kunjipathumma (63), Leela (60), Mammadutty (65) & Nafisa (72) from Malappuram district, and Ibrahim (64) & Majeed (73) from Kozhikode district  
 
The district-wise figures for the new positive cases are Kozhikode 932, Ernakulam 929, Malappuram 897, Thrissur 847, Thiruvananthapuram 838, Alappuzha 837, Kollam 481, Palakkad 465, Kannur 377, Kottayam 332, Kasargod 216, Pathanamthitta 195, Wayanad 71 and Idukki 65. Of those diagnosed, 123 persons have travelled to the State from outside.
 
The numbers of those infected through contact in the districts are Kozhikode 865, Ernakulam 718, Malappuram 821, Thrissur 835, Thiruvananthapuram 628, Alappuzha 809, Kollam 478, Palakkad 226, Kannur 295, Kottayam 320, Kasargod 203, Pathanamthitta 152, Wayanad 62 and Idukki 36.
 
The count of the infected healthcare workers from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 13, Kannur 12, Kozhikode 9, Ernakulam & Thrissur 7 each, Malappuram 6, Kasaragod 4, Pathanamthitta & Palakkad 3 each, and Kollam, Kottayam and Wayanad 1 each.
 
The tally of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 909, Kollam 750, Pathanamthitta 250, Alappuzha 769, Kottayam 167, Idukki 94, Ernakulam 414, Thrissur 1170, Palakkad 239, Malappuram 731, Kozhikode 1153, Wayanad 120, Kannur 572 and Kasaragod 255.
 
At present, there are 93,291 patients still undergoing treatment in the state while so far, a total of 2,74,675 people have recovered from Kovid.
 
There are 2,80,926 people totally under observation across the state, 2,57,733 under home or institutional quarantine and 23,193 in hospitals. 3,164 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
56,093 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 41,47,822 samples have been sent for testing.
 
Eight new places were demarcated as hotspots today even as seven areas were exempted. Presently, there are 618 hotspots in Kerala.

Press Release:19-10-2020

Kerala successful in reducing Covid mortality rate: Chief Minister 
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 19: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that the State was successful in containing the number of deaths due to Covid. He also added that the government’s efforts were to delay the outbreak of the pandemic from peaking and the government used the time gained in the process to strengthen the medical and health infrastructure facilities in the State.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The Covid related death rate in Kerala was low as the Government had a scientific approach to reducing mortality among Covid patients. From a 0.77% mortality rate in May, the decline was gradual (June 0.45%, August 0.4% & September 0.38%) as it came down to 0.28% in October (till date). It is a proud achievement that we were able to bring down the mortality rate even at this stage when the numbers of new cases are high. This is the reason why our health sector has got several accolades at an international level.”
 
Kerala was the first place in the country to develop a Covid protocol. Social distancing and public awareness were started here before anyone else. Kerala was the first to implement a state-wide lockdown in the country.
 
The Chief Minister said that the Covid situation in the State was under control during and after the Onam festive season as a strict vigil was enforced during that time. “Our Covid preventive measures were a success but the massive protests across the State by an irresponsible opposition derailed the efforts of the government.”
 

The CM also added that the recent comments by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan should not be taken as a criticism of the efforts of the state in Covid management.

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.

Press Release:14-10-2020

കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് (എം)തീരുമാനം കേരള രാഷ്ട്രീയത്തില്‍ വലിയ മാറ്റമുണ്ടാക്കും: മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി

ഇടതുപക്ഷ ജനാധിപത്യ മുന്നണിയോടൊപ്പം ചേര്‍ന്ന് പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കാനുള്ള കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് (എം) തീരുമാനം കേരള രാഷ്ട്രീയത്തില്‍ ശക്തമായ പ്രതിഫലനമുണ്ടാക്കുമെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പിണറായി വിജയന്‍ പറഞ്ഞു. ശിഥിലമായ യുഡിഎഫിന്‍റെ തകര്‍ച്ചയുടെ ആരംഭമാണ് ഈ രാഷ്ട്രീയ സംഭവ വികാസം.

കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് (എം) പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ച രാഷ്ട്രീയ നിലപാട് വളരെ വ്യക്തമാണ്. വര്‍ഗീയതയെ ചെറുക്കാനും മതനിരപേക്ഷത സംരക്ഷിക്കാനും എല്‍.ഡി.എഫിന് കഴിഞ്ഞുവെന്ന് ജോസ് കെ മാണി വ്യക്തിമാക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. കേന്ദ്രസര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ നയങ്ങളുടെ ഫലമായി കേരളത്തിലടക്കം കര്‍ഷകര്‍ കടുത്ത പ്രതിസന്ധിയാണ് നേരിടുന്നത്. ഈ പ്രതിസന്ധിയില്‍ കര്‍ഷകരോട് തികച്ചും അനുഭാവപൂര്‍ണമായ നിലപാടാണ് എല്‍.ഡി.എഫും സര്‍ക്കാരും എടുക്കുന്നത്. ഇതെല്ലാം വിലയിരുത്തിയാണ് എല്‍.ഡി.എഫാണ് ശരി എന്ന നിലപാട് കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് (എം) പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചത്. ഇതു തികച്ചും സ്വാഗതാര്‍ഹമാണ്. കേരളത്തില്‍ മതനിരപേക്ഷ ചേരിയെ ഈ തീരുമാനം ശക്തിപ്പെടുത്തും.

ഇടതുപക്ഷത്തിനും എല്‍ഡിഎഫ് സര്‍ക്കാരിനും എതിരെ വിശാല കൂട്ടൂകെട്ട് ഉണ്ടാക്കാനും അട്ടിമറിശ്രമം നടത്താനും ഇറങ്ങിയവര്‍ക്കുള്ള തിരിച്ചടിയാണ് ഈ തീരുമാനം. യു.ഡി,എഫിന്‍റെ തെറ്റായ സമീപനങ്ങളെയാണ് ആ മുന്നണിയില്‍ നാല് പതിറ്റാണ്ടോളം ഉണ്ടായിരുന്ന കക്ഷി പരസ്യമായി തള്ളിപ്പറഞ്ഞത്. ക്രിയാത്മകമായ രാഷ്ട്രീയ നിലപാട് പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ച കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ്സിന്‍റെ വികാരം യു.ഡി.എഫില്‍ ഇപ്പോഴും തുടരുന്ന സാധാരണ പ്രവര്‍ത്തകര്‍ക്കും ഉണ്ട്. ആ വികാരവും വരും നാളുകളില്‍ യുഡിഎഫിനെതിരെ തിരിയും. നിഷേധാത്മക രാഷ്ട്രീയത്തിന് ജനങ്ങളുടെ പിന്തുണയുണ്ടാകില്ല എന്ന് യു.ഡി.എഫ് നേതൃത്വം തിരിച്ചറിയാത്തതിന്‍റെ ഫലമാണ് ഈ സംഭവങ്ങള്‍.

കേരളാ കേണ്‍ഗ്രസ്സിന്‍റെ തീരുമാനം വന്ന പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ തുടര്‍ന്നുള്ള കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ എല്‍.ഡി.എഫ് യോഗം ചേര്‍ന്ന് തീരുമാനിക്കുമെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.

Press Release:13-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
8,764 new cases & 7,723 recoveries today, total 95,407 patients under treatment
Total recoveries cross 2 lakhs

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 8,764 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Kerala today. 8,039 persons were infected through contact and the contact source for 528 was unknown. 76 healthcare workers were among those infected. At the same time, 7,723 patients have recovered from the disease.
 
21 deaths were confirmed as caused by Covid taking the death toll to 1,046. The deceased are Francis (68), Gopi (76), Ajaykumar (51) & Purushan (81) from Alappuzha district; Mary Babu (69), C S Pushparaji (38), T A Mohammad Ashraf (68) & N N Vishwambharan (65) from Ernakulam district; Krishnadas (67), Thayumma (70) & Muhammad (87) from Malappuram district; Abdurahman (68), Aryan (70), Beeran (47), Cheriyekan (73), Kunjabdullah (65), Syed Abu Thangal (68), Prabhakar (67) & Mammukoya (82) from Kozhikode district, Amarnath (69) from Kannur district and Abdullah (66) from Kasaragod district.
 
The district-wise figures of the new positive cases are Malappuram 1,139, Ernakulam 1,122, Kozhikode 1,113, Thrissur 1,010, Kollam 907, Thiruvananthapuram 777, Palakkad 606, Alappuzha 488, Kottayam 476, Kannur 370, Kasargod 323, Pathanamthitta 244, Wayanad 110 and Idukki 79. Of those diagnosed today, 36 have come back from foreign countries and 85 from other states.
 
The numbers of the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Malappuram 1,040, Ernakulam 949, Kozhikode 1,049, Thrissur 950, Kollam 862, Thiruvananthapuram 680, Palakkad 575, Alappuzha 459, Kottayam 435, Kannur 333, Kasaragod 308, Pathanamthitta 224, Wayanad 104 and Idukki 71.
 
The count of infected healthcare workers from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 24, Kollam 16, Malappuram 11, Ernakulam & Kozhikode 5 each, Pathanamthitta, Idukki & Thrissur 3 each, and Alappuzha & Kottayam 2 each.
 
The district-wise numbers of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 815, Kollam 410, Pathanamthitta 203, Alappuzha 534, Kottayam 480, Idukki 129, Ernakulam 1,123, Thrissur 650, Palakkad 385, Malappuram 772, Kozhikode 1,236, Wayanad 122, Kannur 442 and Kasaragod 422.
 
At present, 95,407 patients are undergoing treatment while a total of 2,07,357 people have so far recovered from Covid in the State.
 
There are 2,82,000 persons totally under observation across the state, 2,54,841 under home or institutional quarantine and 27,159 in hospitals. 2,925 people were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
48,253 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. A total of 36,76,682 samples have been sent for testing till date.
 
11 new places were declared as hotspots today while 15 areas were excluded. Currently, there are 660 hotspots in Kerala.
Thiruvananthapuram NH Bypass & construction of seven NH projects inaugurated
Kerala only State to pay 25% for land acquisition for NH development: CM

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that Kerala is the only State in the country that has agreed to pay 25% of the cost of land acquisition for National Highway development in the State. The CM also added that the state has already handed over Rs 452 crores for this and the road development projects are going to be a milestone in the development of the basic infrastructure of the state.

The Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the Thiruvananthapuram NH Bypass on NH 66 (Kazhakoottam – Mukola road) by the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways & MSMEs, Shri Nitin Gadkari today. The Union Minister also laid the foundation stone for seven other National Highway projects in Kerala.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gadkari said, “The Mumbai – Kanyakumari Economic Corridor with a length of 1,760 km was being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana. The corridor will greatly enable the economic prosperity of the region. As a part of the Economic Corridor, 23 projects with a length of 650 km are being developed in Kerala at an investment of Rs 50,000 crores. The corridor traversing the entire length of Kerala from North to South is expected to be the lifeline of Kerala.”

He also said that the problems related to land acquisition could be resolved due to the good cooperation of Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan. “The cost of land acquisition is the highest in Kerala. The bulk of the project cost is required for this. Road development in Kerala will be given due consideration. The performance of this state government in the development of national highways was better than that of the previous government and it was very helpful”, he added.

The NH development in Kerala is being done in 17 packages. The CM also requested the Union Minister to approve the remaining nine packages in this financial year itself and acknowledged his full support to the development of the National Highways.

With the completion of 27 km of the Kazhakoottam-Mukola bypass, the first phase of the 43 km Kazhakoottam-Karot road connecting the Tamil Nadu border has become a reality. The inauguration today marks the construction of six stretches of NH 66 at a cost of Rs 11,571 crores: Thalappadi-Chengala ( Rs 1,981 crores, 39 km), Chengala-Neeleswaram ( Rs 1,746 crores, 37 km) in Kasaragod district, Parole-Taliparambu ( Rs 3,042 crores, 40 km) in Kasaragod & Kannur districts and Taliparamba-Muzhappilangad in Kannur district ( Rs 2,715 crore, 30 km), Paloli & Murad bridges in Kozhikode district ( Rs 210 crores, 2 km), Kozhikode bypass connecting Vadakara-Azhiyoor-Vengalam in Kozhikode-Malappuram districts ( Rs 1,853 crores, 28 km) and the construction of the Cheruthoni Bridge ( Rs 24 crores, 0.3 km).

Kerala Governor, Shri Arif Mohammed Khan; Union Ministers of State, Gen (Retd) Dr V K Singh and Shri V Muraleedharan, State Ministers, MPs, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the State attended the online event.

Press Release:10-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker:
11,755 new cases & 7,570 recoveries today
Total 95, 918 patients under treatment
66,228 tests in last 24 hours

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 11,755 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Kerala today and at present, there are 95,918 patients undergoing treatment for the same. 10,471 are cases of infection through contact and the source of infection was unknown in 952 cases. There are 116 healthcare workers among those infected. At the same time, 7,570 patients have recovered today from Coronavirus infection in the State.

23 deaths were confirmed today as due to Covid. The deceased are Aisha Beevi (51), S P Nathan (79), Abdul Hasan Hameed (70), Parukutty (82), Sainulabdeen (60), Peter (63), Mohammad Shanavas (47), Krishnamma (76) & Sumathi (61) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Vijayan (76) & George Kutty (53) from Kollam district; Josy (77), Nabeesa (78), Pathumma Ali (86), K P Prakashan (64), K G Thomas (64), M K Muhammad (97), Satyabhama (55) & Sheela Peter (67) from Ernakulam district, Papayamma (50) from Palakkad district, Beeru (65) from Malappuram district, and Priyesh (39) & Aboobacker (85) from Kannur district. This takes the Covid related deaths in the State to 978.

The district-wise figures for those who tested positive today are Malappuram 1,632, Kozhikode 1,324, Thiruvananthapuram 1,310, Thrissur 1,208, Ernakulam 1,191, Kollam 1,107, Alappuzha 843, Kannur 727, Palakkad 677, Kasargod 539, Kottayam 523, Pathanamthitta 348, Wayanad 187 and Idukki 139. Of those diagnosed, 40 have come back from foreign countries and 169 from other states.

The numbers of the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Malappuram 1,580, Kozhikode 1,249, Thiruvananthapuram 1,062, Thrissur 1,208, Ernakulam 979, Kollam 1083, Alappuzha 825, Kannur 542, Palakkad 383, Kasaragod 516, Kottayam 515, Pathanamthitta 270, Wayanad 176 and Idukki 83.

The count of the infected healthcare workers from the districts are Kannur 25, Thiruvananthapuram 20, Kozhikode 19, Ernakulam 14, Kollam 10, Alappuzha 8, Malappuram 7, Kottayam 5, Pathanamthitta 4, Wayanad 2, and Palakkad & Kasaragod 1 each.

The district-wise tally of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 905, Kollam 1,022, Pathanamthitta 209, Alappuzha 526, Kottayam 173, Idukki 57, Ernakulam 983, Thrissur 510, Palakkad 396, Malappuram 1,061, Kozhikode 965, Wayanad 130, Kannur 337 and Kasaragod 296. So far, 1,82,874 people have recovered from Covid in the State.

There are a total of 2,80,387 persons under isolation in various districts of the state, 2,51,714 at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 28,673 in hospitals. 3,888 people were admitted to the hospitals today.

66,228 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 34,38,678 samples have been sent for testing, including 2,12,688 samples from high public exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.

11 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while 40 areas were excluded. There are currently 665 hotspots in Kerala.
All local bodies to get sanitation status during this government’s tenure: CM
589 local bodies in Kerala get sanitation status

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the government aims to bring all the local bodies in the state to sanitation status and most of the local bodies to full sanitation status during this tenure itself. The CM said this while declaring the sanitation status for 589 local bodies in the State through video-conferencing.

In his address, the Chief Minister said, “All local bodies should keep in mind that cleanliness is their primary responsibility. The government has decided to give sanitation status to the local bodies which have provided the best infrastructure for solid waste treatment and then full sanitation status for the preparation of complete waste treatment including liquid and gaseous waste. As part of the 100-day action plan, it was estimated that 250 local bodies would be rehabilitated in the first phase. But it is a great achievement that more than twice as many local bodies have been able to reach this position. 501 Grama Panchayats, 58 Municipalities and 30 Block Panchayats have been upgraded to sanitation status.”

When this government came to power, the State did not have a comprehensive plan to deal with bio-inorganic and e-waste. The government has taken on the important task of resolving this issue. As part of this, various waste treatment methods were implemented through Haritha Kerala Mission.

The Haritha Karma Sena (Green Task Force) was formed under the leadership of Kudumbasree for the collection of non-organic waste including plastic. At present, there are 1,551 entrepreneurial groups of Haritha Karma Sena in 850 Grama Panchayats and 88 Municipalities. With the completion of the network for sorting and recycling the inorganic wastes collected by them and handing them over to the Clean Kerala Company, the waste problem has been solved to a large extent. Clean Kerala e-waste collection has also been started. However, the CM added that centralized treatment plants are needed to treat certain types of waste.

Under the leadership of the Local Self Government Department, Haritha Kerala Mission, Suchitwa Mission, Clean Kerala Company, Kudumbasree and Employment Guarantee Mission jointly developed the procedures for the selection of LSG bodies for excellence in solid waste management.

Scientific solid waste treatment is now being fully implemented in more than half of the state’s land area through the achievements of the local bodies. The government has set a 20-point code of conduct for the disposal of bio-waste at source, setting up of facilities for treatment of inorganic waste, setting up of a green task force for storage of inorganic waste and preparation of material collection facility for storage, decontamination of public places and implementation of the green protocol at government offices, public and private functions. LSG bodies which get more than 60 marks out of 100 are eligible for the sanitation status.