Category: Press Release

Press Release:01-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
8,135 new cases & 2,828 recoveries today, total 72,339 patients under treatment

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 01: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 8,135 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Kerala today taking the number of patients under treatment to 72,339. Of those detected, 7,013 are cases of infection through contact and the source was unknown for 730 cases. 105 healthcare workers were among those infected. At the same time, 2,828 patients have recovered from the disease.
 
Meanwhile, 29 deaths were confirmed as due to Covid. The deceased are Abraham (62), Sharmila (52), Velayudha Kurup (92), Mohanan Nair (75), Sudhakaran Das (61), Sukumaran (73), Hashir (45), Vijayakumaran (61) & Rajan (82) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Thankamma (67), Mohanan (62) & Salim (55) from Kollam district, Manoharan (60) from Alappuzha district; K P Mohanan (62), K A Krishnan (59), Alphonsa (57), Riski Androoduram (67), Vishwambharan (92), Nabeesa (73), Kunjumon (57) & K P George (85) from Ernakulam district; Abdul Rahman (55), Balaraman (53), Bhaskaran (85), Laila (56) & Lizzie (70) from Thrissur district, and B K Khalid (64), Kumaran (62) & Khadeejumma (90) from Kasargod district. This takes the Covid related death toll in the state to 771.
 
The district-wise figures for the new active cases are Kozhikode 1,072, Malappuram 968, Ernakulam 934, Thiruvananthapuram 856, Alappuzha 804, Kollam 633, Thrissur 613, Palakkad 513, Kasargod 471, Kannur 435, Kottayam 340, Pathanamthitta 223, Wayanad 143 and Idukki 130.  Of the confirmed cases, 67 have come back from foreign countries and 218 from other states.
 
The count of the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Kozhikode 1,013, Malappuram 879, Ernakulam 740, Thiruvananthapuram 708, Alappuzha 774, Kollam 620, Thrissur 603, Palakkad 297, Kasaragod 447, Kannur 279, Kottayam 316, Pathanamthitta 135, Wayanad 135 and Idukki 67.
 
The numbers of the infected healthcare workers district-wise are Thiruvananthapuram 29, Kannur 26, Ernakulam 16, Kottayam 8, Kasaragod 6; Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode & Wayanad 5 each, Malappuram 2, and Kollam, Alappuzha & Palakkad 1 each. Two INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected by Coronavirus.
 
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 363, Kollam 213, Pathanamthitta 82, Alappuzha 191, Kottayam 148, Idukki 70, Ernakulam 226, Thrissur 290, Palakkad 113, Malappuram 322, Kozhikode 333, Wayanad 59, Kannur 129 and Kasaragod 289. So far, 1,31,052 people have recovered from Covid in the state.
 
There are currently a total of 2,43,107 persons under observation in various districts of the state, 2,12,849 under home or institutional quarantine and 30,258 in hospitals. 3,150 people were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
59,157 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 29,85,534 samples have been sent for testing, including 2,05,349 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
14 hotspots were declared today while 18 areas were excluded from the list. At present, there are 656 hotspots in Kerala.

Press Release:29-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
7,354 new cases & 3,420 recoveries today, total 61,791 patients under treatment
Deaths cross 700

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 7,354 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Kerala today. 7,036 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection for 672 was not traceable. There are 130 healthcare workers among those infected. At the same time, 3,420 patients have recovered from the disease today.
 
Meanwhile, 22 deaths were confirmed as caused by Covid-19 taking the death toll in the State to 719.  The deceased are Raveendran (61) & Vikraman (70) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Kunjumon Daniel (55), Muraleedharan Pillai (62) & Aisha Beevi (80) from Kollam district, Saramma (75) & K K Raja (53) from Kottayam district; Kunjumon (72), Kumaran (78) & Jaya (57) from Thrissur district; Joy (64), Fathima (63), Aboobacker (67) & Muhammad (77) from Malappuram district, Shekharan (79) & Dasan (62) from Palakkad district; A K Kunjali (73), Kunjalima (60),  Kunjikannan (65), R V Narayanan (70) & Jameela (66) from Kannur district, and Majeed (51), a BSF personnel from Kodag, Karnataka posted in Kerala.
 
The district-wise count of the new active cases are Malappuram 1,040, Thiruvananthapuram 935, Ernakulam 859, Kozhikode 837, Kollam 583, Alappuzha 524, Thrissur 484, Kasargod 453, Kannur 432, Palakkad 374, Kottayam 336, Pathanamthitta 271, Wayanad 169 and Idukki 57.  Of those diagnosed today, 58 have arrived from foreign countries and 130 from other states.
 
The numbers of the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Malappuram 1,024, Thiruvananthapuram 898, Ernakulam 843, Kozhikode 827, Kollam 566, Alappuzha 499, Thrissur 476, Kasaragod 400, Kannur 387, Palakkad 365, Kottayam 324, Pathanamthitta 224, Wayanad 157 and Idukki 46.
 
The infected healthcare workers from the districts are Kannur 32, Thiruvananthapuram 30, Kasaragod 24, Ernakulam 10; Alappuzha, Thrissur & Wayanad 5 each; Pathanamthitta, Kottayam & Malappuram 4 each, Kollam 3, and Palakkad & Kozhikode 2 each.
 
The district-wise figures for the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 433, Kollam 262, Pathanamthitta 137, Alappuzha 273, Kottayam 157, Idukki 84, Ernakulam 216, Thrissur 236, Palakkad 269, Malappuram 519, Kozhikode 465, Wayanad 53, Kannur 197 and Kasaragod 119.
 
61,791 patients are presently undergoing treatment in the State while 1,24,688 people have so far been cured of Coronavirus.
 
There are a total of 2,36,960 people under observation in various districts of the state, 2,08,258 under home or institutional quarantine and 28,702 in hospitals. 2,906 persons were hospitalised today.
 
52,755 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 28,62,094 samples have been sent for testing, including 2,03,323 samples from priority groups, as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
There are 661 hotspots in Kerala now with 10 places demarcated today.
Consensus in all-party meeting for Covid control measures: CM 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that there was a broad consensus among the political parties in Kerala to contain the outbreak of the pandemic in view of the serious situation in the state. The CM was briefing the media after an all-party meeting convened today in the wake of the acute and serious situation of Covid spread.
 
The Chief Minister said, “The Covid situation in the State is serious and we should be able to contain the spread at any cost. Initially, we had controlled the outbreak very well but now in September, there was a staggering increase in the number of patients. About 96% of them are getting infected through contact. Not following Covid restrictions is the reason for this large scale spread. The situation can go worse in the coming days and we need to stop it. We have requested the intervention of all the political parties at a regional level to support the efforts of the government in controlling the outbreak. There should be restrictions in protests and crowding of any kind should be avoided. All political parties were requested to co-operate in this matter. The all-party meeting has unanimously decided to move together in tackling this crisis and also to prevent the spread of Covid.”
 
The CM also informed that most political parties were of the view that a total lockdown was not a solution. The number of people for personal functions and also for social, political, religious and cultural programmes as well should be restricted. They should be conducted strictly following the Covid norms.     
 
“I also welcome the decision of the Leader of the Opposition to call off any public agitation during this time”, he added.

Press Release:28-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
4,538 new cases & 3,347 recoveries today, total 57,879 patients under treatment
1,79,922 total Covid cases till now

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 4,538 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today. At present, there are 57,879 patients under treatment for the disease. 4,246 are cases of local transmission with the source of infection unknown in 249 cases. 67 healthcare workers were among those infected. 20 deaths were also reported. At the same time, 3,347 patients have recovered from Coronavirus today.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Covid is rapidly spreading in our State and we had a record increase in the number of new cases in the last week. Till now, the total number of confirmed Covid cases in the State is 1,79,922. Kozhikode district continues to have the maximum number of new cases and is the worst affected district.”
 
Meanwhile, the deceased are Karunakaran Nair (79) , Balakrishnan (85) & Vijayamma (68) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Venu (40) & Radhakrishnan (69) from Alappuzha district; Haseena (48), Shine Surabhi (44) & Maniyappan (63) from Kottayam district; Aisha (77), Mammad (74) & Lirar (68) from Malappuram district; K N Nazir (42), Moidu (66), Aboobacker (66), Kunjabdulla (70) & Mohammad Shaji (53) from Kozhikode district, and Fathima (80), Aizamma (58), Kamala (60) & Sundaran (61) from Kasargod district. This takes the Covid related death toll in the State to 697.
 
The district-wise figures for the new positive cases are Kozhikode 918, Ernakulam 537, Thiruvananthapuram 486, Malappuram 405, Thrissur 383, Palakkad 378, Kollam 341, Kannur 310, Alappuzha 249, Kottayam 213, Kasaragod 122, Idukki 114, Wayanad 44 and Pathanamthitta 38. Of those diagnosed today, 47 have come back from foreign countries and 166 from other states.
 
The count of those infected through contact from the districts are Kozhikode 908, Ernakulam 504, Thiruvananthapuram 463, Malappuram 389, Thrissur 372, Palakkad 307, Kollam 340, Kannur 256, Alappuzha 239, Kottayam 208, Kasaragod 111, Idukki 76, Wayanad 42 and Pathanamthitta 31.
 
The numbers of infected healthcare workers district-wise are Kannur 20, Thiruvananthapuram 17, Ernakulam 9, Kozhikode 6, Thrissur 5, Kasaragod 3; Alappuzha, Kottayam & Malappuram 2, and Wayanad 1. 12 INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected.
 
The district-wise numbers of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 506, Kollam 182, Pathanamthitta 150, Alappuzha 349, Kottayam 122, Idukki 36, Ernakulam 220, Thrissur 240, Palakkad 200, Malappuram 421, Kozhikode 645, Wayanad 63, Kannur 124 and Kasaragod 89.
 
Presently, there are 57,879 patients undergoing treatment in the State while a total of 1,21,268 people have so far been recovered from Covid.
 
There are 2,32,450 persons under observation across the state, 2,03,330 under home or institutional quarantine and 29,120 in hospitals. 3,255 people were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
36,027 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. A total of 28,04,319 samples have so far been sent for testing, including 2,02,157 samples from high-risk groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
15 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while 10 were excluded from the list. Currently, there are 660 hotspots in Kerala.
Kerala to allow Sabarimala pilgrimage complying Covid norms: Chief Minister
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the government has decided to conduct the forthcoming Mandala Makaravilak pilgrimage season for a limited number of pilgrims by following the Covid norms. The pilgrimage season is from November 15, 2020 to January 20, 2021.
 
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Sabarimala is the most important pilgrimage centre in our State but in the wake of the Covid pandemic, it has been decided to hold this year’s Mandala Makaravilak pilgrimage with a limited number of pilgrims without symbolically reducing any rituals.”
 
A committee consisting of the Chief Secretary, the Chief of the State Police, and the Principal Secretaries of the Home, Devaswom, Forest and Health Departments shall examine and report on all matters relating thereto, including the number of pilgrims per day from each State. The Chief Secretary will also decide on the inclusion of more departmental secretaries in the committee if required. These officials will also discuss the arrangements with their counterparts in Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, from where the maximum pilgrims come to Sabarimala.
 
The CM informed that the admission to Sabarimala this year will be strictly regulated through the VirtualQ system of Kerala Police to a limited number of pilgrims. Arrangements will be made for the pilgrims who register through the virtual queue system. Those above the age of 65 and below 10 will not be allowed. Pilgrims should come with Covid negative certificate. To ensure that Covid patients do not reach for pilgrimage, antigen tests will also be conducted at various centres with the help of the health department.
 
Pilgrims will have to start their return journey immediately after performing the darshan at Sabarimala. They will not be allowed to stay back in Pampa and Sannidhanam. Drinking water will be provided in steel containers for a refundable cost of Rs.100, on the return of the container. Annadanam will be only for limited pilgrims and will be served on paper plates.  
 
Consumerfed and Supplyco will set up shops for selling essential items. KSRTC will run special services and deploy more buses to maintain social distancing norms. Special arrangements will be made to collect ghee for anointing at a place designated by the Devaswom Board.
 
“The health department will examine the health aspect of making the mask mandatory when devotees climb the mountain. As public bathing in the river cannot be allowed, sprinkler or shower system will be installed for bathing at Pampa and Erumeli. The Thiruvabharana procession in connection with the Makaravilakku will be conducted in full compliance with the Covid protocol”, the CM added.
Strict compliance with Covid protocol necessary to control outbreak: CM
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that strict compliance with the Covid protocol was necessary to control the outbreak of the pandemic in the State and strict action including higher penalties would be charged against those who violate Covid norms.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Since the first case was reported in the State, we were far ahead in controlling the spread of the disease but now that situation is beginning to change. On an average, the number of patients is doubling in every 20 days. The case per million in Kerala is 5,143 as compared to the national average of 5,852. However, the case fatality rate is much better than the national average. While the national average is 1.6%, here it is only 0.4% but this will increase according to the rise in the number of patients. Patients are benefiting from the excellent care and facilities that we provide but we have to make arrangements to accommodate the rising numbers. So it’s imperative that we keep the numbers from not going beyond what we can manage.”
 
Strict action will be taken against those not following social distancing. Wearing masks is mandatory and those who don’t wear masks in public will be strictly penalised. Shop owners will have to ensure they comply with the Covid norms and action will be taken against shop owners also if norms are violated. The restrictions of 50 people for marriage functions and 20 for funerals should be strictly followed.
 
The CM also informed that gazetted officers in Government service will be assigned with special powers to help in supervising Covid related work in all LSG bodies. “An all-party meeting will be held tomorrow to discuss the current situation in the State, and also to request their cooperation and support in containing the outbreak.”

Press Release:24-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
6,324 new cases & 3,168 recoveries today, total 45,919 patients under treatment
54, 989 tests in the last 24 hours

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 6,324 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. Presently, there are 45,919 patients under treatment. 5,321 are cases of local transmission with the contact source unknown in 628 (total 5,949 contact cases). 105 healthcare workers were infected through contact. At the same time, 3,168 patients have recovered from the disease today.
 
While giving the details, the Chief Minister said, “The rising numbers show that we are moving to a serious situation in the State. The maximum number of new cases today was reported from Kozhikode district.”
 
21 deaths were reported today as due to Covid taking the death toll to 613. The deceased are Alby (20), Thankappan (70), Sasi (60), Vasudevan (75), Dr M S Abdeen (72), Omana (62), Sasi (74), Sushila (60), Sreekumaran Nair (67), Robert (72) & Rahiya Beevi (56) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Kathira Mathew (88) from Thrissur district, Abdurahman (79) from Kozhikode district, V D Shaju (53) from Ernakulam district and Abdul Rahim (68), Bhargavan Nair (72), Surabhidas (21), Thresyamma Chacko (66), Shantamma (66), Ponnamma (64) & Mohandas (74) from Alappuzha district.
 
The district-wise figures for the new positive cases today are Kozhikode 883, Thiruvananthapuram 875, Malappuram 763, Ernakulam 590, Thrissur 474, Alappuzha 453, Kollam 440, Kannur 406, Palakkad 353, Kottayam 341, Kasaragod 300, Pathanamthitta 189, Idukki 151 and Wayanad 106. Of those diagnosed today, 44 have come back from foreign countries and 226 from other states.
 
The count of those infected through contact from the districts are Kozhikode 849, Thiruvananthapuram 842, Malappuram 741, Ernakulam 569, Thrissur 465, Alappuzha 407, Kollam 436, Kannur 352, Palakkad 340, Kottayam 338, Kasaragod 270, Pathanamthitta 144, Idukki 102 and Wayanad 94.
 
The numbers for the infected healthcare workers in the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 28, Kannur 19, Kasaragod 13, Malappuram 9, Thrissur 8, Ernakulam & Kozhikode 7 each, Pathanamthitta 6, Wayanad 4, Alappuzha 2 and Kollam & Palakkad 1 each.
 
The district-wise numbers of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 296, Kollam 195, Pathanamthitta 99, Alappuzha 183, Kottayam 130, Idukki 61, Ernakulam 248, Thrissur 327, Palakkad 114, Malappuram 513, Kozhikode 308, Wayanad 105, Kannur 431 and Kasaragod 158. So far, 1,07,850 people have recovered from Coronavirus in the State.
 
There are a total of 2,12,318 people under observation in various districts of the state, 1,85,198 at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 27,120 in hospitals. 3,341 people were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
Meanwhile, the number of tests being conducted has increased. 54,989 samples were analysed during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 26,00,359 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,99,390 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
22 new places were declared as hotspots today while 8 were exempted. There are currently 654 hotspots in Kerala.

CM launches construction of 29 housing complexes under Life mission 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that the government will not abandon any development project that benefits the people for fear of allegations. He was speaking after inaugurating online the construction work of 29 housing complexes as part of the Life Mission, the state government’s comprehensive housing security scheme.
 
In this address, the Chief Minister said, “The government is working to provide housing and better living conditions for the homeless. But those who do not like such gains are trying to ridicule and undermine it. The government was not going to abandon any development projects fearing allegations. The dream of an own home will come true when the new housing complexes for 1,285 families are completed. It is not just a house, it offers new life to the residents. There are many unfortunate ones who cannot make their dream of a home a reality.”
 
This government came up with the Life project to ensure that no one should be homeless in the state. As a result, 2,26,518 houses have already been completed. There was good cooperation from the people. The local bodies have also done a good job in this regard. At present, the construction of housing for one and a half lakh people is in progress.
 
The support from the Co-operation Department was valuable for the implementation of the care home project. The Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Department and the Fisheries Department have also cooperated well to complete the houses. That is how the government was able to make the construction of houses for Rs 8,068 crores a reality in the State.
 
A total of 1,35,769 beneficiaries have been identified as eligible in the third phase of Life project, which aims to rehabilitate the landless homeless. Of them, houses for 1,765 families have been completed. In Idukki Adimali, a housing complex with 217 apartments has been constructed on a pilot basis and handed over to Adimali Panchayat. There are 163 beneficiaries living there. In addition, the complex has a primary health centre, an anganwadi and livelihood facilities for the residents.
 
The construction of 101 housing units in different districts is expected to be completed within the next year. Of these, the work of 12 flat complexes is progressing rapidly.
 
“The applications for the Life project were selected in a transparent manner and procedures were completed. The government decided to give another chance to all those who were not covered in all three phases of the project. More than eight lakh applications were received and the government intends to prepare a list of beneficiaries transparently and provide housing to the deserving ones”, the CM said.
 
These will be built in line with the government’s Green Protocol policy. The government has started the construction of the third phase of the Life project keeping in view the changing situation in Kerala where floods and landslides are recurring. Prefab technology will be used in these constructions along with the concrete construction method.

Free grocery scheme to continue so that no one goes hungry in Kerala: CM
 
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the distribution of the free grocery kits will continue for another four months as a result of the government’s firm decision that no one in the State should go hungry during the Covid crisis.
 
The Chief Minister said this during the online inauguration of the state-wide distribution of free grocery kits to 88 lakhs ration cardholders. The scheme will continue until December. “The Covid pandemic has adversely affected everyone in the State. That’s the reason all ration cardholders are being provided with essential food kits. Similar grocery food kits were distributed in the initial stages of Covid outbreak and during the Onam season. Rice is also distributed through ration shops. Supplyco, Consumerfed and Horticorp provide discounted items of daily need.”
 
The government has already announced several schemes to achieve self-sufficiency in various sectors of the state. “The upkeep of one crore fruit tree saplings is progressing well. 1,337 greenhouses for agriculture were built as against the target of 1,000. Livestock and fish farming are doing well. By setting a floor price for vegetables, farmers can set an accurate price for their produce. The country needs unity and cooperation in times of crisis”, the CM added.
 
The free grocery kit contains one kilogram of sugar, atta & salt, 750 grams of black gram (chana) & yellow lentils (moong dal), 250 grams of sambar (toor dal), half a litre of coconut oil and 100 grams of chilli powder. The distribution of kits will be done according to a schedule based on the last digit of the ration card. The distribution for all the cards will be completed by October 15.

Press Release:23-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
5,376 new cases & 2,951 recoveries today, total 42,786 patients under treatment
51,200 tests in the last 24 hours

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 23: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 5,376 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today. There are 42,786 patients now under treatment. 4,424 are cases of infection through contact and the contact source of 640 was not traceable (total of 5,064 contact cases). 99 healthcare workers were among those infected. Meanwhile, 20 deaths were reported today even as 2,951 patients have recovered from the disease.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “This is the first time the number of cases has crossed the 5,000 mark in the State. The increase in numbers is a matter of grave concern as the situation is not improving. In the last 24 hours, 51,200 tests were conducted against our target of 50,000. For now, people who test Covid positive but are asymptomatic and have facilities at home should continue in home isolation. The home environment would help them recover fast. This would also lessen the burden on the hospitals and would facilitate the treatment of those with symptoms and having other diseases.”
 
The district-wise numbers for the positive cases today are Thiruvananthapuram 852, Ernakulam 624, Malappuram 512, Kozhikode 504, Kollam 503, Alappuzha 501, Thrissur 478, Kannur 365, Palakkad 278, Kottayam 262, Pathanamthitta 223, Kasargod 136, Idukki 79 and Wayanad 59.
 
The deaths confirmed today as due to Covid are Rajesh (37), Sulfat (57) & Susamma Raju (62) from Kollam district; Paulson (68), Salil (49) & Mohan (64) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Maithili (85), Ishad Babu (40), P Sremati (85), Musa Koya (83), Nafisa (78), Abdulla (74), Muhammad (70), P Raveendran (84), Mohammad (68), Koran (68), Muthoran (86) & Aishabi (81) from Kozhikode district, and Shanmukhan (71) & Abdul Salam (45) from Malappuram district.
 
The numbers for the locally transmitted cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 822, Ernakulam 587, Kollam & Kozhikode 495 each, Malappuram 485, Thrissur 465, Alappuzha 450, Kannur 323, Palakkad 271, Kottayam 256, Pathanamthitta 174, Kasaragod 125, Idukki 61 and Wayanad 55.
 
The details of the infected healthcare workers from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 25, Kannur 19, Ernakulam 17, Malappuram 15, Thrissur 12, Kollam & Kasaragod 3 each, Alappuzha 2, and Pathanamthitta, Palakkad & Wayanad 1 each. Nine INHS personnel in Ernakulam District Employees were also infected by Coronavirus.
 
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 321, Kollam 152, Pathanamthitta 127, Alappuzha 167, Kottayam 275, Idukki 55, Ernakulam 254, Thrissur 180, Palakkad 150, Malappuram 372, Kozhikode 427, Wayanad 27, Kannur 142 and Kasaragod 302. So far, 1,04,682 people have been cured of Covid in the State.
 
There are a total of 2,12,629 persons under observation across the state, 1,86,140 under home or institutional quarantine and 26,489 in hospitals. 3,131 people were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
Till now, a total of 25,45,385 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,98,189 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
17 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while 15 areas were excluded. At present, there are 641 hotspots in Kerala.
State to get better road infrastructure as part of Rebuild Kerala: CM
Konkan Railway to do DPR for Kozhikode-Wayanad tunnel route

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the State is going to witness massive development in terms of road infrastructure with several projects being launched as part of the Rebuild Kerala programme. He also informed that the government has appointed the Konkan Railway Corporation as the special purpose company for the Kozhikode-Wayanad tunnel route project.
 
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “This government is moving forward with quality assurance, use of new technology and a corruption-free regime for road construction. It is a great achievement for the LDF government that we have been able to free the public works sector from political corruption. Moreover, this government is not willing to postpone projects or compromise on quality just because of the lack of funding for any project in the State”.
 
An alternative route from Kozhikode to Wayanad has been a long pending demand as the present route via Thamarassery pass becomes unnavigable due to natural calamities and traffic jams. During heavy rains, the traffic is often disrupted for months. “The solution is to build a 7.82 km long tunnel road from Anakampoil to Meppadi via Kalladi. The length of the tunnel will be 6.9 km. Rs. 658 crores have been sanctioned for the project with funding from KIIFB. Konkan Railway Corporation, which has proven expertise in tunnel construction, will submit a Detailed Project Report after the necessary studies. The government would initiate the next step based on the DPR”, the CM said.
 
Modernisation of Alappuzha-Changanassery Road 
The Chief Minister today informed that a project of Rs. 625 crores have been prepared to upgrade Alappuzha – Changanassery Road which is the lifeline of the people in Kuttanad area The AC Road connecting Alappuzha and Kottayam districts is submerged in water every year during monsoons. The project will be implemented under the Rebuild Kerala Initiative.
 
“Overbridges will be built at five of the most waterlogged locations. Causeways will be built at nine locations. Narrow bridges will be widened and 13 culverts will be rebuilt. The proposed route will also have facilities to make night travel safer”, the CM added.
 
Reconstruction of Shankhumukham Road 
The reconstruction work of Shankhumukham Road in Thiruvananthapuram has been started by including it in the Rebuild Kerala Initiative. According to the design of the Central Road Research Institute, a 260-meter concrete diaphragm wall will be constructed in the first phase. An administrative sanction of Rs. 4.29 crores have been given for this along with Rs. 1.1 crores for the road reconstruction.
 
The CM also said that the Alappuzha bypass, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs.225 crores, will be completed by November. The length of the bypass from Komati to Kalarkot is 6.8 km. the Kundannur (780 m) and Vyttila (700 m) flyovers being built on the Ernakulam bypass are in the final stages of construction. Both flyovers will be open to traffic in December. The Kundannur flyover will cost Rs 88.77 crores and the Vyttila flyover Rs 113 crores.
 
Other works – Sabarimala roads & PWD bridges 
An administrative sanction of Rs. 225 crores have been given for the modernization of major roads and allied roads going to Sabarimala. There are 62 tasks coming under this scheme and the work will begin in October.
 
The construction of the Peruman Bridge at a cost Rs 42 crores across the Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam district will begin in November. The construction of 38 bridges under the Public Works Department will begin by November. Meanwhile, the work on 28 other bridges will be completed before November.

Press Release:22-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 4,125 new cases & 3,007 recoveries today
Total 40,382 patients under treatment

Active cases cross 40,000 mark, total recoveries cross 1 lakh count

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 4,125 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Kerala today with 40,382 patients currently undergoing treatment for the same. 3,463 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection of 412 was unknown (total contact cases 3,875). 87 healthcare workers were among those infected. Meanwhile, 3,007 patients have recovered from the disease today.

19 deaths were confirmed in the State today taking the Covid related deaths to 572. The deceased are Anandan (76) & Beevikunju (68) from Kollam district; Latha (40), Dharmadasan (67), Aravindakshan Nair (68), Radhakrishnan (68), Saiyadali (30), Preeji (38), Shameer (38), Mohammad Hani (68), Appu (70), Balakrishnan (81) & Surendran (54) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Satyavati (70) from Kannur district, Fathima (67) & Abu (72) from Malappuram district, Rajan (58) from Palakkad district, Gopala Menon (79) from Thrissur district and P Balan (86) from Ernakulam district.

The district-wise figures for the positive cases are Thiruvananthapuram 681, Malappuram 444, Ernakulam 406, Alappuzha 403, Kozhikode 394, Thrissur 369, Kollam 347, Palakkad 242, Pathanamthitta 207, Kasargod 197, Kottayam 169, Kannur 143, Wayanad 81 and Idukki 42. 33 of those diagnosed today have come back from foreign countries and 122, from other states.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The outbreak of the pandemic is in a serious situation in the State and Thiruvananthapuram district has the highest number of cases. The capital city accounts for 18% of the active cases in the State and 32% of total deaths. Protests and crowding continue without any control and this is contributing to the spread of the virus. Political parties should behave responsibly and follow Covid protocol while protesting.”

The count for the contact cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 656, Malappuram 431, Ernakulam 379, Alappuzha 365, Kozhikode 383, Thrissur 352, Kollam 341, Palakkad 240, Kasaragod 176, Kottayam 163, Pathanamthitta 159, Kannur 117, Wayanad 75 and Idukki 38.

The infected healthcare workers from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 23, Kannur 17, Kasaragod 15, Thrissur 13, Ernakulam 10, Alappuzha 4, Malappuram 3 and Pathanamthitta 2. Eight INHS personnel in Ernakulam District were also infected by Coronavirus.

The number of patients who tested negative today district-wise are Thiruvananthapuram 469, Kollam 215, Pathanamthitta 117, Alappuzha 231, Kottayam 114, Idukki 42, Ernakulam 250, Thrissur 240, Palakkad 235, Malappuram 468, Kozhikode 130, Wayanad 61, Kannur 214 and Kasaragod 221. So far, 1,01,731 people have recovered from Covid in the State.

There are a total of 2,20,270 persons under observation in various districts of the state, 1,94,488 under home or institutional quarantine and 25,782 in hospitals. 2,430 people were admitted to the hospitals today.

38,574 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 24,92,757 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,97,282 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.

At present, there are 639 hotspots in Kerala, nine were declared today.

Press Release:19-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
4,644 new cases & 2,862 recoveries today, total 37,488 patients under treatment

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 19: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 4,644 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. 3,781 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection of 498 was unknown. 86 healthcare workers were also infected by Coronavirus. At the same time, 2,862 patients have recovered from the disease. At present, there are 37,488 active cases in the State. 

Meanwhile, 18 Covid related deaths were reported taking the death toll to 519. The deceased are Karthayani (67) & Suhara (75) from Palakkad district; Parameswaran (77), Sadanandan (89) & Vasanthayamma (78) from Kollam district; Shaji (47), Thankappan Pillai (87), Sita (94) & Soman (65) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Radhakrishnan (62) & P L John (66) from Ernakulam district; K M Harish Kumar (29), Chinna (74), Lilavati (81) & Amminiamma (89) from Thrissur district, Chandran (60) & Narayani (90), from Kasaragod district and Ravichandran (59) from Nagercoil (TN).
 
The district-wise figures for the positive cases are Thiruvananthapuram 824, Malappuram 534, Kollam 436, Kozhikode 412, Thrissur and Ernakulam 351 each, Palakkad 349, Alappuzha 348, Kottayam 263, Kannur 222, Pathanamthitta 221, Kasargod 191, Wayanad 95 and Idukki 47. Of those diagnosed today, 36 are returnees from foreign countries and 229, from other states.
 
The numbers for the contact cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 783, Malappuram 517, Kollam & Kozhikode 389 each, Thrissur 342, Palakkad 330, Ernakulam 320, Alappuzha 284, Kottayam 260, Kannur 199, Pathanamthitta 176, Kasaragod 172, Wayanad 87 and Idukki 31.
 
The count of infected healthcare workers district-wise are Thiruvananthapuram 36, Kannur 12, Kollam six; Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram & Kozhikode five each, Kasargod four and Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Palakkad & Wayanad two each. 14 INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected.
 
The district-wise numbers for the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 564, Kollam 243, Pathanamthitta 154, Alappuzha 224, Kottayam 119, Idukki 54, Ernakulam 189, Thrissur 191, Palakkad 130, Malappuram 326, Kozhikode 344, Wayanad 31, Kannur 91 and Kasaragod 202. So far 92,951 people have been cured of Covid in the State.
 
There are currently 2,17,695 people under observation across the state, 1,92,534 under home or institutional quarantine and 25,161 in hospitals. 3,070 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
47,452 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 23,84,611 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,95,207 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
27 places were demarcated as hotspots today while 11 areas were excluded. There are 630 hotspots in Kerala now.

Kerala implements a model project for the education of SC/ST students
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today launched the first phase of a model project that aims to improve and facilitate the education of students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “There are many from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes who do not have adequate facilities at home for their children to study. To address this issue, the Government provides financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakhs to the Scheduled Castes to set up a study room adjacent to their house. Study materials including computer will be made available when the room is completed. Today marks the inauguration of the completion of 12,250 study rooms across the state. An additional 3,750 study rooms will be completed this year. In addition, 8,500 study rooms will be created by 2021. This would be a model project for the entire country.”
 
Under the same project, community (public) study rooms are being set up for the students from Scheduled Tribes. 250 community study rooms have already been completed using public facilities such as community halls. One classroom can accommodate up to 30 students. The government aims to have a total of 500 community study rooms.
 
The CM also said that the Government seeks to empower the education of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe children by providing maximum assistance and support. SC students from Class V to Class VIII get very little educational assistance. At present, educational assistance of Rs. 2,000 per child per year is provided. 1,20,000 SC children are getting this benefit.
 
“The lump-sum grant and stipend for SC/ST students has been increased by 50 per cent. A scheme has been started for Medical-Engineering Entrance Examination coaching for 1,000 SC students who have completed Plus Two. Steps have been taken to modernize 44 ITIs under the Scheduled Caste Development Department. New blocks were constructed for 15 ITIs. The most important thing is that breakfast and lunch are arranged for the students studying here. An order has been issued to sanction up to Rs. 25 lakhs for SC students pursuing PG courses in top universities abroad. Steps have been taken to provide free training to 300 people in the Civil Service Academy under the state government”, the CM added.

Press Release:17-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
4,351 new cases & 2,737 recoveries today, total 34,314 patients under treatment
45,730 tests in the last 24 hours

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 16: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 4,351 new active Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today. 4,081 were contact cases and the source of infection of 351 was unknown. Of those diagnosed today, 57 have come back from foreign countries and 141 from other states. 72 healthcare workers were infected through contact. 10 deaths were also reported. At the same time, 2,737 patients under treatment for the disease have recovered today.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The number of new positive cases and the number of recoveries are the highest single-day tally so far in the State. The huge increase in the number of new cases is a matter of concern. The severity of the disease spread is high in Thiruvananthapuram district. Today, six districts have over 300 positive cases. The number of cases whose source is not known is also rising. As contact cases are increasing, pregnant ladies should strictly follow room quarantine.”     
 
Meanwhile, the deaths confirmed today as due to Covid are Jayakumari (63), Nizamuddin (49) & Sainulabdeen (67) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Jacob (89) & Abbas (74) from Thrissur district, Mariakutty (75) from Malappuram district; Hauva Umma (73), Jameela (62) & Sasidharan Nair (75) from Kollam district and Abdulla (64) from Kozhikode district. This takes death toll to 489.
 
The district-wise figures for those who tested positive for Coronavirus today are Thiruvananthapuram 820, Kozhikode 545, Ernakulam 383, Alappuzha 367, Malappuram 351, Kasargod 319, Thrissur 296, Kannur 260, Palakkad 241, Kollam 218, Kottayam 204, Pathanamthitta 136, Wayanad 107 and Idukki 104.
 
The numbers from the districts for the locally transmitted cases are Thiruvananthapuram 804, Kozhikode 536, Ernakulam 358, Alappuzha 349, Malappuram 335, Thrissur 285, Kasaragod 278, Kannur 232, Palakkad 211, Kollam 210, Kottayam 198, Pathanamthitta 107, Wayanad 99 and Idukki 79.
 
The count of infected healthcare workers district-wise are Ernakulam 16, Thiruvananthapuram 15, Kasaragod 12, Thrissur & Kannur 8 each; Kollam, Palakkad & Malappuram 3 each, Alappuzha 2 and Pathanamthitta &Wayanad 1 each.
 
The district-wise figures for the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 547, Kollam 325, Pathanamthitta 102, Alappuzha 196, Kottayam 120, Idukki 47, Ernakulam 357, Thrissur 140, Palakkad 114, Malappuram 214, Kozhikode 275, Wayanad 79, Kannur 97 and Kasaragod 124.
 
So far, 87,345 people have recovered from Covid in the State and at present, 34,314 patients are undergoing treatment for the disease.
 
A total of 2,13,595 people under observation across the state, 1,89,759 at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 23,836 in hospitals. 3,081 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
45,730 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 22,87,796 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,92,765 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
20 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while 21 were exempted. Presently there are 608 hotspots in Kerala.
 
“Crowding would not be allowed. Many people are publically violating Covid protocol and behaving as if it is not applicable to them. They would be prosecuted under the relevant provisions of the Kerala Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act. No activity without wearing masks or maintaining social distancing will be allowed in our State”, the CM added.
Action against fake news not to affect media freedom: Kerala CM 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today clarified that the police-led arrangement to take action against fake news is not targeted at any specific individuals and will not affect media freedom in any way.
 
It may be recalled that the Kerala government had set up an Anti Fake News Division to prevent the spread of misinformation on Coronavirus in the state. There is also a Fact Check division under the Information & Public Relation Department (IPRD) to check the facts of news and messages, especially on social media. Recently, the Chief Minister had announced that the Police would take stringent action against those indulging in creating and spreading fake news in the State.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Fake news is not just a matter of harm or good to any individual, organization or government, we must recognize that it is a disaster that affects society as a whole. The spread of fake news endangers democracy itself. There have been instances where even the traditional media, which we consider to be experts in pursuing political goals and sometimes increasing circulation, have engaged in such activities. The government would like to keep a tab on fake news without infringing upon the rights and freedom of media. Mainstream media organisations should ensure that they won’t publish fake news.”
 
Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic started spreading its tentacles in the state, social media platforms were flooded with fake news and lies. The fake news related to Covid should be taken very seriously at this stage.
 
“This move is not targeted at any individual or organisation. It is part of our social commitment, a move to protect the lives and property of our citizens. I request all media outlets that uphold media ethics and morality to fully cooperate in this fight against fake news”, the CM added.
 
The objective of the anti-fake news division is to bust fake news, share authentic government information, create educational content that encourages people to be more alert and sensitive to misinformation and they work closely with the Police department to bring the culprits to book.

Press Release:15-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
3,215 new cases & 2,532 recoveries today, total 31,156 patients under treatment
Total recoveries cross 80,000 mark

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 15: Covid-19 was confirmed in 3,215 persons in Kerala today while 2,532 patients have recovered from the disease as per the Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan. 3,013 people were infected through contact and the source of infection of 313 was unknown. 43 of those diagnosed today have come back from foreign countries and 70 from other states. 89 healthcare workers were also infected by Coronavirus.
 
12 deaths were reported today. Muhammed Ali Haji (87), Paulson (53) & Chandran Nair (79) from Thrissur district, Madhavan (63) from Malappuram district; Leela (60), Harindran (67), Shahunathumma (64), Narayana Pillai (89) & Stanley (54) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Raveendran (69) from Kozhikode district, Ismail (55) from Ernakulam district and Khalid (55) from Palakkad district are the deceased. This takes the Covid related death toll in the State to 466.
 
The numbers of new active cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 656, Malappuram 348, Alappuzha 338, Kozhikode 260, Ernakulam 239, Kollam 234, Kannur 213, Kottayam 192, Thrissur 188, Kasargod 172, Pathanamthitta 146, Palakkad 136, Wayanad 64 and Idukki 29.
 
The district-wise details of the locally transmitted cases are Thiruvananthapuram 626, Alappuzha 327, Malappuram 324, Kozhikode 256, Kollam and Ernakulam 229 each, Kottayam 189, Thrissur 180, Kasaragod 168, Kannur 165, Palakkad 132, Pathanamthitta 99, Wayanad 62 and Idukki 27.
 
The district-wise figures for the infected 89 healthcare workers are Kannur 31, Thiruvananthapuram 23, Malappuram 8, Ernakulam 7, Pathanamthitta 6, Thrissur 5, Kasaragod 4, Palakkad 3 and Alappuzha & Wayanad one each.
 
The count of patients who tested negative today, district-wise are Thiruvananthapuram 268, Kollam 151, Pathanamthitta 122, Alappuzha 234, Kottayam 138, Idukki 43, Ernakulam 209, Thrissur 120, Palakkad 120, Malappuram 303, Kozhikode 306, Wayanad 32, Kannur 228 and Kasargod 258.
 
At present, 31,156 Covid patients are undergoing treatment in the State while a total of 82,345 persons have so far been cured.
 
Overall, there are 2,08,141 people under observation in various districts of the state, 1,85,514 under home  & institutional quarantine and 22,627 in hospitals. 2,324 persons were hospitalised today.
 
41,054 samples were analysed during the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 21,98,858 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,90,612 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
There are 10 new hotspots even as 10 places were excluded from the list. At this time, there are 617 hotspots in Kerala.

Covid situation in the State very much under control: Kerala CM
 

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has reiterated that the Covid-19 situation in the State was very much under control despite the rising number of cases. It may be recalled that the State has seen a spike in the number of new active cases during the last month.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “It is because our vigilance and the effective preventive measures from the beginning that we have been able to control the spread of disease and death in a better way in our State as compared to the overall situation in the world. Kerala has seen only 13 deaths per million (10 lakhs) as against the national figure of 58. Our neighbouring states have much higher figures (Tamil Nadu – 117 & Karnataka – 120. If the rate of spread of the disease exceeds what the treatment system can accommodate, the death toll will increase and we must make all efforts to stop that. But it looks like people are less cautious now. Today itself, 5,901 incidents of not wearing masks were reported.” He cautioned the people not to fall for any false propaganda.
 
The CM also added that there is a concerted effort by the opposition to derail the efforts of the government in containing the outbreak of the pandemic.
 
Rs 39 crores financial assistance distributed to 78,000 returned NRIs
 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that an amount of Rs 39 crores have been disbursed through NORKA to 78,000 expatriates who lost their jobs and returned to Kerala.
 
So far 10,05,211 people have returned to Kerala. Of these, 62.16% (6,24,826) were domestic travellers and the rest 3,80,385 (37.84%) were international travellers. The highest number of 1,91,332 international travellers came from the UAE accounting for 50.29% of the total international passengers. This was followed by 59,329 from Saudi Arabia and 37,078 from Qatar.
 
About 59.67% of domestic travellers came to Kerala from the Red Zone districts in different parts of the country. The highest number of 1,83,034 domestic passengers came from Karnataka followed by 1,67,881 from Tamil Nadu and 71,690 from Maharashtra.

Press Release:14-09-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
2,540 new cases & 2,110 recoveries today, total 30,486 patients under treatment

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 2,540 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 2,110 patients under treatment have recovered from the disease. 2,346 persons were infected through contact and the source of infection of 212 was unknown. 34 of those diagnosed have returned from foreign countries and 73 from other states. 64 healthcare workers were also infected.
 
15 Covid related deaths were reported in the State taking the death toll to 454. The deceased are George (62), Aisha (60) & Ibrahim (58) from Malappuram district; Gangadharan (65), Kannappan (37) & Thankamani (65) from Palakkad district; Baburajan (56), Sasidharan (65) & Ashokan (60) from Kollam district, P V Paulose (79) from Ernakulam district, Muraleedharan (65) from Kozhikode district; Akshaya (13), Rajan (59) & Sicily (60) from Thiruvananthapuram district and Narayanan Acharya (68) from Kasargod district.
 
The district-wise numbers of the new positive cases are Malappuram 482, Kozhikode 382, Thiruvananthapuram 332, Ernakulam 255, Kannur 232, Palakkad 175, Thrissur 161, Kollam 142, Kottayam 122, Alappuzha 107, Idukki 58, Kasaragod 56, Wayanad 20 and Pathanamthitta 16.
 
The count of the locally transmitted cases in the districts are Malappuram 457, Kozhikode 377, Thiruvananthapuram 313, Ernakulam 214, Kannur 192, Palakkad 156, Thrissur 155, Kollam 130, Kottayam 121, Alappuzha 104, Idukki & Kasargod 49 each, Pathanamthitta 15 and Wayanad 14.
 
The details of the infected healthcare workers district-wise are Kannur 24, Thiruvananthapuram 16, Kollam 6, Ernakulam & Malappuram 5 each, Kasargod 3, Thrissur 2 and Alappuzha, Wayanad & Kozhikode one each. 23 INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected by Coronavirus.
 
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 415, Kollam 165, Pathanamthitta 103, Alappuzha 198, Kottayam 121, Idukki 25, Ernakulam 125, Thrissur 140, Palakkad 93, Malappuram 261, Kozhikode 123, Wayanad 76, Kannur 135 and Kasaragod 130.
 
So far, 79,813 persons have been cured of Covid in the State and at present, 30,486 patients are undergoing treatment.
 
A total of 2,05,158 people are under observation across the State, 1,82,241 under home or institutional quarantine and 22,917 in isolation at hospitals. 2,213 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
22,279 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, a total of 21,52,585 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,89,265 samples from priority groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
17 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while nine were exempted. Currently, there are 615 hotspots in Kerala.
Kerala to conduct genetic study of Covid patients: CM
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced a state-wide genetic study on Covid patients. Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “A genetic study of patients infected by the Coronavirus was conducted in the northern districts of the State in collaboration with the Institute of Genomics and Integrated Biology under CSIR. This will be extended across the State.”
 
The CM added that as per the experts, the rate of the spread of the virus is very high in the State. “The elderly should especially be more cautious as they are more prone to be infected by the virus and the death toll is likely to rise. The ‘Break the Chain’ campaign should be made more stringent and efficient. With the opening up of the public transport services and other closed establishments, Kerala should expect to see a hike in the number of Covid cases as the spread of the disease would be much higher than it is today.”
CFLTCs being speeded up to handle an increase in patients 
The Chief Minister has informed that the Government has expedited the setting up of Covid First Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) in all the districts as the numbers of patients are increasing.
 
“CFLTCs are being transformed into public healthcare centres specially designed to combat the outbreak of the pandemic. All facilities at CFLTCs including doctors and other staff as required are being provided. At present, 194 CFLTCs with 26,425 beds are operational with 50% occupancy. A total of 1,21,055 beds will be set up in 1,391 CFLTCs across the State, said the CM.”
 
The Covid First-Line Treatment Centres are mainly for asymptomatic Covid positive patients. They are given necessary inpatient treatment under the direct supervision of a physician along with free food and accommodation. The facilities of specialist doctors are also available through telemedicine.
Covid Brigade to be expanded with more healthcare workers 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that the Covid Brigade in the State will be expanded to provide the services of more healthcare workers for Covid treatment. The Covid Brigade was set up to support the functioning of CFLTCs following the expert opinion that the Covid outbreak would increase by September. The necessary medical systems and human resources needed would be enhanced.
 
The Covid Brigade consists of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and other health workers required at First Line Treatment Centres. They will be deployed in districts where there is a shortage of health workers. The first mission of the Covid Brigade was to carry out Covid defence activities at Kasargod. The first group consisted of 26 people, including six doctors.
 
So far, 13,577 medical professionals have registered as volunteers in the Covid Brigade. This includes 2,562 doctors, 833 BAMs, 1,080 BDS, 293 MBBS, 2,811 nurses, 747 lab technicians, 565 pharmacists and 3,827 non-technicians.
 
The CM has exhorted more people to come forward to volunteer for the Covid Brigade. Registration can be done online on the Covid Jagratha Portal.