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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.

Press Release:08-10-2020

CM inaugurates Jalajeevan Mission project, 16.48 lakhs rural water connections soon 
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 08: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the process of providing 16.48 lakhs drinking water connections in rural areas of the State will start soon. The Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the Jalajeevan Mission project implemented by the government to provide drinking water connection to 49.65 lakh rural households in the state by 2024.
 
Inaugurating the project through video conferencing, the Chief Minister said, “In addition to the project providing domestic connections, 69 drinking water projects worth Rs 4,351 crores are being realized in the state through funding from KIIFB. Administrative sanction has been given for projects worth Rs 4,343.89 crores in 716 panchayats, through the Jalajeevan Mission in the first phase. 564 projects are being implemented in the first phase. Domestic connections are provided by increasing the capacity of the existing freshwater projects, extending some projects and strengthening the source of some.”
 
The second phase of the project aims to provide drinking water connectivity to all households in 586 villages, 380 panchayats and 23 block panchayats. Beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have been included in the first phase of the scheme so that they get to avail the benefits as soon as possible.
 
“The project will be implemented in a transparent and time-bound manner so that the public and the people’s representatives can know about the progress of the project through the website at any time. The Kerala Water Authority and Jalanidhi are the implementing agencies for the project. The scheme is being implemented by utilizing central assistance by forming committees from panchayat level to state-level”, the CM added.
 
Some of the drinking water projects being funded through KIIFB include the Ponnani Comprehensive Drinking Water Project, the Kollam Drinking Water Project Expansion, the Koyilandy Drinking Water Project, the Neyyar Dam Alternative Source Water Supply Project and the Kuttanad Drinking Water Project Phase II.
 
The Jalajeevan Mission project will provide drinking water connection to 21.42 lakh households in 2020-21. Out of the total 67.15 lakh rural households in Kerala, only 17.50 lakh households have access to drinking water. The aim is to provide drinking water connection to all the remaining rural households through the Jalajeevan project.
 
The CM also said that the government has undertaken several projects to improve the irrigation and water resources sector. Coastal protection projects worth Rs. 239.74 crores were started in the state yesterday. A Rs 360 crores project is being implemented with the assistance of the World Bank for the rehabilitation and improvement of dams.

Press Release:06-10-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
7,871 new cases & 4,981 recoveries today, total 87,738 patients under treatment
60,494 tests today, Number of recoveries cross 1.5 lakhs

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 7,871 new active Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today. There are 87,738 patients undergoing treatment in the State now. 6,910 people were infected through contact and the source of infection in 640 cases was unknown. 111 healthcare workers were among those infected. At the same time, 4,981 patients have recovered from the disease.
 
Meanwhile, 25 deaths were confirmed in the State as due to Covid taking the death toll to 884. The deceased are Brigitte (70), Sreedharan (63), Anthony Morris (64), Girija (59), Shaji (37), Tajuddin (62), Sreenivasan (71), Vijayababu (61) & Shankara Subramanya Iyer (78) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Kabir (63), Zubaida (52), Prabhavathi Amma (73), Sreekumar (52) & Charles (80) from Kollam district, Sathyan (65) from Alappuzha district; Sabu Jacob (53), Raju Kurian (75) & Shyamala (60) from Kottayam district; Etheri (75), Fathima (61), Sayedalavi (60) & Ibrahim Kutty (78) from Malappuram district; Balakrishnan (71) & P Raveendran (73) from Kannur district, and Raveendran (52) from Kasaragod district.
 
The district-wise figures of those who tested positive today for Coronavirus are Thiruvananthapuram 989, Malappuram 854, Kollam 845, Ernakulam 837, Thrissur 757, Kozhikode 736, Kannur 545, Palakkad 520, Kottayam 427, Alappuzha 424, Kasargod 416, Pathanamthitta 330, Wayanad 135 and Idukki 56. Of those diagnosed, 54 are returnees from foreign countries and 146 from other states.
 
The count of the contact cases from the districts are Thiruvananthapuram 892, Malappuram 793, Kollam 833, Ernakulam 688, Thrissur 733, Kozhikode 691, Kannur 398, Palakkad 293, Kottayam 424, Alappuzha 406, Kasaragod 393, Pathanamthitta 218, Wayanad 124 and Idukki 24.
 
The numbers of infected healthcare workers from the districts are Kannur 32, Thiruvananthapuram 16, Pathanamthitta 13, Thrissur 12, Ernakulam 11, Kozhikode 8, Malappuram & Kasaragod 5 each, Palakkad 3, and Kollam, Kottayam & Wayanad 2 each. 10 INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also among those infected.
 
The district-wise tally of patients who tested negative today are Thiruvananthapuram 850, Kollam 485, Pathanamthitta 180, Alappuzha 302, Kottayam 361, Idukki 86, Ernakulam 337, Thrissur 380, Palakkad 276, Malappuram 541, Kozhikode 628, Wayanad 102, Kannur 251 and Kasaragod 202. So far, 1,54,092 people have recovered from Covid in the State.
 
There are at present a total of 2,63,094 people under isolation in various districts of the state, 2,33,703 under home or institutional quarantine and 29,391 in hospitals. 2,444 persons were admitted to the hospitals today.
 
60,494 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till now, 32,63,691 samples have been sent for testing, including 2,09,482 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
13 new hotspots were declared today while 17 areas have been excluded from the list. Presently, there are 718 hotspots in Kerala.
Kerala’s Covid parameters still below the national average: Chief Minister
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today reiterated that the Covid situation in the State was in a better position while comparing with the national figures.  
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Although Covid was first reported in Kerala in the country, we have been able to contain the spread on a large scale as a result of the caution exercised by both the government and the people. Despite the increase in the cases in the last few days, we are still in a better position compared to the national average. The tests per million in Kerala are 92,788 as against the national figure of 77,054. There are 99 per million at the national level while in Kerala, it is 24.5. The State has a case fatality rate of only 0.36% as compared to the national average of 1.55%. The test positivity rate in Kerala is 7.2% as against 8.3% nationally. So if we look at the figures, we can see that the vigilance and steps taken so far have not been in vain. Therefore, they must be taken forward more vigorously.”
 
The number of patients is increasing by the day as a result of carelessness. In this context, the government is expediting the process of identifying and isolating possible patients in all districts as much as possible. The government also proposes to tighten the Covid restrictions in markets and public places. RTPCR test will be conducted even if the Antigen test is negative in suspected cases. The effort would be to keep the test positivity rate below 10.
 
According to a sero-survey conducted by ICMR in August to find out the percentage of people in the community who have contracted the disease, Covid was found to be present in 0.8% of the population in Kerala as compared the national figure of 6.6%.
 
“Kerala has a population density almost double the national average. The state has the highest proportion of the elderly population and also the highest number of expatriates. Kerala is also the state with the lowest urban-rural divide. All these are favourable factors for the spread of Covid. Yet this study has shown that we have been able to keep the spread of the disease at a significantly lower rate than the national average”, the CM added.
 
Kerala bags India Today health award
 
The Chief Minister today announced that the State has received the India Today award for the best Covid defence. Kerala has won the India Today Health Giri Award in the State category for Covid defence activities in India. Union Health Minister, Dr Harsha Vardhan gave away the award yesterday during an online function. The award recognises the performance of the state government in testing, managing isolation wards, accuracy in the allocation and disbursement of funds, focus on reducing mortality, and outstanding treatment of patients.

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.