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Press Release:29-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
2,397 new cases & 2,225 recoveries today, total 23,277 patients under treatment
15 new hotspots, total 589

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that Covid-19 was confirmed in 2,397 persons in Kerala today. 2,137 people were infected through contact and the source in 197 cases were not traceable. 68 of those diagnosed today have come back from foreign countries and 126, from other states. 63 healthcare workers are also infected. The CM also added that there are more than 200 cases in four districts. At the same time, 2,225 patients under treatment for the disease have recovered today.
 
Meanwhile, six recent deaths were confirmed today as due to Covid. Vijayakumar (55) from Kasargod district, Abdullah (70) from Wayanad district, K M Shahul Hameed (69) from Kozhikode district, Iyyathutty (65) from Malappuram district, Ashiq (39) from Kannur district and Aneesh (30) from Kollam district are the deceased. The Covid related death toll in the State is now 280. More deaths will be confirmed after subsequent tests at NIV, Alappuzha.
 
408 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 379 in Malappuram district, 234 from Kollam district, 225 in Thrissur district, 198 from Kasaragod district, 175 in Alappuzha district, 152 from Kozhikode district, 139 in Kottayam district, 136 from Ernakulam district, l33 in Palakkad district, 95 from Kannur district, 75 in Pathanamthitta district, 27 from Idukki district and 21 in Wayanad district are those who tested positive today for Coronavirus.
 
The details of the contact cases are 393 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 350 from Malappuram district, 213 in Kollam district, 208 from Thrissur district, 184 in Kasaragod district, 136 from Kozhikode district, 134 in Kottayam district, 132 from Alappuzha district, 114 in Ernakulam district, 101 from Palakkad district, 83 in Kannur district, 51 from Pathanamthitta district, 20 in Wayanad district and 18 from Idukki district.
 
There are 16 infected healthcare workers today in Alappuzha district, 11 in Malappuram district, eight in Kannur district, six each in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam districts, five in Kasaragod district, two in Kozhikode district, one each in Kollam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts. Three INHS personnel in Ernakulam District were also infected by the disease.
 
591 patients from Thiruvananthapuram district, 104 in Kollam district, 89 from Pathanamthitta district, 236 from Alappuzha district, 120 in Kottayam district, 41 from Idukki district, 148 from Ernakulam district, 142 in Thrissur district, 74 in Palakkad district, 372 from Malappuram district, 131 from Kozhikode district, 38 in Wayanad district, 94 from Kannur district and 45 in Kasaragod district tested negative today.
 
Till now, 48,083 persons have recovered from Covid in the State and currently, 23,277 patients are undergoing treatment in hospitals.
 
A total of 1,95,927 people are under observation across the state, 1,76,822 under home or institutional quarantine and 19,105 in hospitals. 2,363 persons were admitted to the hospital today.
 
34,988 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 16,43,633 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,77,356 samples from high public exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.
 
15 new places were demarcated as hotspots today in the State while 25 places were excluded. At present, there are 589 hotspots in Kerala.

Press Release:27-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker:
2,406 new cases & 2,067 recoveries today
Total 22,673 patients under treatment
13 new hotspots, total 604

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 2,406 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 2,067 patients under treatment for the same have recovered. 10 deaths were also reported in the State.

Of those diagnosed today, 2,175 people were infected through contact and source of infection of 193 was not traceable. 59 were those who came back from foreign countries and 121, from other states. 47 healthcare workers are also infected.

352 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 238 in Kozhikode district, 231 from Kasaragod district, 230 in Malappuram district, 195 from Palakkad district, 189 in Kottayam district, 176 from Kollam district, 172 in Alappuzha district, 167 from Pathanamthitta district, 162 in Thrissur district, 140 from Ernakulam district, 102 in Kannur district, 27 from Idukki district and 25 in Wayanad district are those who tested positive for Coronavirus today.

Shahjahan (67), Maheshwaran Assari (76), Vimalamma (83) & Xavier (50) from Thiruvananthapuram district; Mohammed Saheef (47), Sathyan (53) & Elikutty (64) from Kannur district, Mammy (70) from Kozhikode district, Divakaran (65) from Thrissur district, and Famina Sheriff (40) from Alappuzha district are the recently deceased who were confirmed to have Covid. This takes the Covid related death toll in the State to 267. Further deaths will be confirmed after tests at NIV, Alappuzha.

The district-wise numbers of local transmission are 331 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 215 from Kozhikode district, 217 each from Malappuram and Kasargod districts, 182 in Kottayam district, 151 from Palakkad district, 164 in Kollam district, 146 each from Alappuzha and Thrissur districts, 141 in Pathanamthitta district, 125 from Ernakulam district, 87 in Kannur district, 22 from Wayanad district and 21 in Idukki district.

13 healthcare workers in Thiruvananthapuram district, eight in Thrissur district, six each in Ernakulam and Kasaragod districts, five in Malappuram district, three in Alappuzha district, two each in Idukki and Kannur districts and one each in Palakkad and Wayanad districts were those infected. Four INHS personnel in Ernakulam District were also infected.

623 patients from Thiruvananthapuram district, 59 in Kollam district, 37 from Pathanamthitta district, 130 in Alappuzha district, 74 from Kottayam district, 28 in Idukki district, 90 from Ernakulam district, 95 in Thrissur district, 56 from Palakkad district, 538 in Malappuram district, 90 from Kozhikode district, 44 in Wayanad district, 119 from Kannur district and 84 in Kasaragod district are those who tested negative today.

So far, 43,761 people have been cured of Covid and at present, there are 22,673 patients still undergoing treatment in hospitals across the State.

There are a total of 1,93,925 people under observation in various districts of the state, 1,75,513 under home or institutional quarantine and 18,412 in hospitals. 2,465 persons were admitted to the hospital today.

In the last 24 hours, 37,873 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 15,64,783 samples have been sent for testing, including 1,71,641 samples from high exposure groups as part of Sentinel Surveillance.

There are 13 new hotspots while 14 were excluded from the list today, with a total of 604 hotspots in Kerala.

Kerala CM’s Local Employment Assurance Programme to provide 50,000 jobs

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced the ‘Athijeevanam Keraliyam’ scheme to be implemented as part of the Chief Minister’s Local Employment Assurance Programme (LEAP). This scheme will provide 50,000 jobs.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Kudumbasree will implement this programme to provide employment to 50,000 people this year. An amount of Rs.145 crores is being allotted as part of Rebuild Kerala and Rs. 20.50 crores as plan fund for this project. The project will have five main components.”

1. Yuva Kerala Project: The objective of the scheme is to provide skills training and employment to 10,000 youths. The government has sanctioned Rs. 60 crores for this scheme. The beneficiaries will be members of poor families between the ages of 18 and 35. Scheduled Tribes and Differently Abled can join up to the age of 45 years. The plan features 100% free training, free travel, accommodation, meals, uniforms, post-placement support, counselling and tracking for a period of one year.

2. Connect to Work (C2W): A programme that aims to develop the soft skills of young people from rural areas, guide them in finding employment and connect them to the job market. The objective of the scheme is to train 5,000 young men and women and connect them with employers to secure employment. Rs. 5 crores have been sanctioned for this project.

3. Kerala Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP-K): The main objective of the project is to launch maximum ventures in each selected block area. Under this scheme, 16,800 new ventures will be started in agricultural and non-agricultural areas in 14 flood-affected blocks of the state. The scheme will cover about 20,000 people, both men and women, who will be able to join the scheme. Loans up to a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh for individuals and Rs. 5 lakhs for group ventures will be given at an interest rate is 4%. An amount of Rs. 70 crore has been sanctioned for this programme.

4. Acquiring Resilience and Identity Through Sustainable Employment (ARISE): The objective of this scheme is to provide training to the youth and Kudumbasree workers in the ten most sought after sectors of the labour market and to provide wage employment expeditiously. The programme was launched in 2018-19 for those who lost their livelihoods due to floods in the state. During the financial year 2020-21, 10,000 young women and men will be provided employment under this scheme. An amount of Rs. 10 crores has been sanctioned for this project.

5. Kudumbasree Micro Enterprise Development Programme (KMEDP): Under this scheme, 3,000 individual enterprises and 2,000 group enterprises will be started. Kudumbasree members and their families will be given support to start ventures under this scheme. About 10,000 people will benefit from the scheme. Under this scheme, individual entrepreneurs can undertake projects up to a maximum of Rs. 2.50 lakhs and group ventures up to a maximum of Rs. 10 lakhs. Under this scheme, assistance will be given to those who are undergoing skill training and entrepreneurship training through training agencies selected by the Kudumbasree District Missions. Training in this programme is completely free as in other projects.

Press Release:20-08-2020

കേരള സര്‍ക്കാര്‍
മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ ഓഫീസ്

വാര്‍ത്താകുറിപ്പ്
തീയതി: 20-08-2020
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തിരുവനന്തപുരം വിമാനത്താവളം സ്വകാര്യവല്‍ക്കരണം –
കേന്ദ്ര മന്ത്രിസഭാ തീരുമാനം പിന്‍വലിക്കണമെന്ന് സര്‍വ്വകക്ഷിയോഗം
 
തിരുവനന്തപുരം അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ നടത്തിപ്പും മേല്‍നോട്ടവും അദാനി എന്‍റര്‍പ്രൈസസിനെ ഏല്‍പ്പിക്കാന്‍ കേന്ദ്രമന്ത്രിസഭ എടുത്ത തീരുമാനം പിന്‍വലിക്കണമെന്ന് സര്‍വകക്ഷി യോഗം ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു. മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പിണറായി വിജയന്‍ വിളിച്ച സര്‍വ്വകക്ഷിയോഗത്തില്‍ ബിജെപി ഒഴികെ എല്ലാ കക്ഷികളും വിമാനത്താവള സ്വകാര്യവല്‍ക്കരണത്തെ എതിര്‍ത്തു. നിയമ നടപടികള്‍ തുടരുന്നതിനൊപ്പം ഒറ്റക്കെട്ടായി ഈ വിഷയത്തില്‍ മുന്നോട്ടുപോകാന്‍ യോഗം തീരുമാനിച്ചു.  

എയര്‍പോര്‍ട്ടിന്‍റെ മേല്‍നോട്ടവും നടത്തിപ്പും സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന് മുഖ്യപങ്കാളിത്തമുള്ള സ്പെഷ്യല്‍ പര്‍പ്പസ് വെഹിക്കിളില്‍ നിക്ഷിപ്തമാക്കണം എന്നാണ് സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടത് എന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി യോഗത്തില്‍ വ്യക്തമാക്കി. കേന്ദ്ര വ്യോമയാന മന്ത്രിക്ക് രണ്ടു തവണയും  പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിക്ക് മൂന്നുവട്ടവും  ഈ ആവശ്യമുന്നയിച്ച് കത്ത് എഴുതിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.  സംസ്ഥാന ചീഫ് സെക്രട്ടറി, കേന്ദ്ര വ്യോമയാന സെക്രട്ടറിക്ക്   കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ വിശദീകരിച്ച് എഴുതിയ  കത്തില്‍ കേരള സ്റ്റേറ്റ് ഇന്‍ഡസ്ട്രിയല്‍ ഡെവലപ്മെന്‍റ് കോര്‍പ്പറേഷന്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിനുവേണ്ടി ബിഡില്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തുവെന്നും ഈ  ഓഫര്‍ ന്യായമായത് ആയിരുന്നുവെന്നും പറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു.  അദാനി എന്‍റര്‍പ്രൈസസ് കൂടുതല്‍ തുക ക്വാട്ട് ചെയ്തതിനാല്‍ അതേ തുക ഓഫര്‍ ചെയ്യാന്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ തയ്യാറാണ് എന്നും അറിയിച്ചു.  

2003ല്‍ കേന്ദ്ര വ്യോമയാന മന്ത്രാലയം സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന് നല്‍കിയ ഉറപ്പില്‍, സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ വിമാനത്താവള വികസനത്തിനായി നല്‍കിയ സംഭാവനകള്‍ പരിഗണിച്ച് വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ മേല്‍നോട്ടവും നടത്തിപ്പും സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ സ്പെഷ്യല്‍ പര്‍പ്പസ് വെഹിക്കിളിന് നല്‍കാമെന്ന് പറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു.  

സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന് കൊച്ചി അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളം പൊതുപങ്കാളിത്തത്തോടെ വിജയകരമായി നടപ്പാക്കിയ അനുഭവപരിജ്ഞാനമുണ്ട്.  ഇതേ മാതൃകയില്‍ തന്നെ കണ്ണൂര്‍ അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളവും നടത്തുന്നുണ്ട്. തിരുവനന്തപുരം അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ മേല്‍നോട്ടവും നടത്തിപ്പും ഏറ്റെടുക്കാന്‍ ബിഡ് ചെയ്ത സ്വകാര്യ സംരംഭകന് ഇത്തരത്തിലുള്ള മുന്‍പരിചയമില്ല.  

2005-ല്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ എയര്‍പോര്‍ട്ട് അതോറിറ്റി ഓഫ് ഇന്‍ഡ്യക്ക് 23.57 ഏക്കര്‍ ഏറ്റെടുത്ത് സൗജന്യമായി തിരുവനന്തപുരം അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ വികസനത്തിനായി നല്‍കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.  ഇതിനുപുറമേ, 18 ഏക്കര്‍ ഭൂമി കൂടി ഏറ്റെടുത്തു നല്‍കാനുള്ള നടപടികള്‍ ആരംഭിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്.  ഏറ്റെടുത്ത് സൗജന്യമായി നല്‍കിയ ഭൂമിയുടെ വില എസ്പിവിയില്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ ഓഹരിയായി കണക്കാക്കണമെന്ന നിബന്ധനയിലാണ് ഇത് ഏറ്റെടുത്ത് നല്‍കിയത്.
 
തിരുവനന്തപുരം അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന് മുന്‍ തിരുവിതാംകൂര്‍ സംസ്ഥാനം നല്‍കിയ റോയല്‍ ഫ്ളയിങ്ങ് ക്ലബ്ബ്  വക 258.06 ഏക്കര്‍ ഭൂമിയും വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെ 636.57 ഏക്കര്‍ വിസ്തൃതിയില്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഇവയടക്കം കേന്ദ്ര തീരുമാനം തിരുത്തേണ്ടതിന്‍റെ അനിവാര്യത വ്യക്തമാക്കുന്ന വിഷയങ്ങള്‍ മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി യോഗത്തില്‍ അക്കമിട്ട് നിരത്തി.
 
പൊതുമേഖലയില്‍ നിലനിന്നപ്പോള്‍ വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന് നല്‍കിയ സഹായസഹകരണങ്ങള്‍ സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ ശക്തമായ അഭിപ്രായത്തെ മറികടന്നുകൊണ്ട് സ്വകാര്യവല്‍ക്കരിക്കപ്പെടുന്ന വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന് നല്‍കാന്‍ കഴിയില്ല.  സുപ്രീംകോടതിയുടെ ഉത്തരവ് പ്രകാരം ഉള്ള കേസ് ഹൈക്കോടതിയില്‍ നിലനില്‍ക്കുന്നുണ്ട്.  നിയമനടപടികള്‍ സാധ്യമായ രീതിയില്‍ മുന്നോട്ടുകൊണ്ടുപോകാനുള്ള നിയമോപദേശം തേടുന്നുണ്ട്.   രാഷ്ട്രീയ പാര്‍ട്ടികള്‍ ഏകാഭിപ്രായത്തോടെയുള്ള സമീപനം സ്വീകരിച്ച് സംസ്ഥാനത്തിന്‍റെ ഉത്തമ താല്‍പര്യം സംരക്ഷിക്കാനുള്ള സംയുക്ത തീരുമാനം കൈക്കൊള്ളണം. ഇതിന് എല്ലാവരുടെയും സഹകരണം അനിവാര്യമാണെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.  

വിമാനത്താവളം സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ നേതൃത്വത്തിലുള്ള സംവിധാനമായി മാറണമെന്നാണ് പൊതുവികാരം. നമ്മുടേത് ന്യായമായ ആവശ്യമാണ്. അത് ലഭിക്കണമെന്നുള്ളതാണ് നാടിന്‍റെ ആവശ്യം. ഒരു ഘട്ടം വരെ കേന്ദ്രം അത് അംഗീകരിച്ചതാണ്.

ആരു വിമാനത്താവളം എടുത്താലും സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ സഹകരണമില്ലാതെ നടത്തികൊണ്ടുപോകാനാകില്ല. വികസന കാര്യങ്ങളില്‍ സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ സഹായം അത്യാവശ്യമാണ്. സംസ്ഥാനത്തോട് വെല്ലുവിളി നടത്തി വ്യവസായമറിയാവുന്നവര്‍ വരുമെന്ന് തോന്നുന്നില്ല. ഇക്കാര്യം കേന്ദ്ര സര്‍ക്കാരിന്‍റെ മുന്നില്‍ കത്തുമുഖേനയും നേരിട്ടും പറഞ്ഞതാണ്. സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിനെ ഏല്‍പ്പിക്കാമെന്ന് ഉന്നതതലത്തില്‍ സംസാരിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ വാക്കു തന്നതാണ്. അത് മറികടന്നുപോയിരിക്കുന്നു.

വിമാനത്താവളം വിട്ടുകൊടുക്കാനാകില്ല. എല്ലാവരും ഒറ്റക്കെട്ടാണ്. ബിജെപിയുടേത് സാങ്കേതിക പ്രതിഷേധം മാത്രമാണ്. കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ മനസ്സിലാക്കിയാല്‍ അവരും പിന്‍മാറും. ഒന്നിച്ചു നിന്നാല്‍ നമുക്ക് ഈ തീരുമാനത്തെ മാറ്റിയെടുക്കാം. നിയമസഭയില്‍ ഒന്നിച്ച് നിലപാടെടുക്കാം. തലസ്ഥാന നഗരിയുടെ പ്രൗഡിക്കനുസരിച്ചുള്ള വിമാനത്താവളമാക്കി മാറ്റാം. നിയമസഭയില്‍ സ്വീകരിക്കേണ്ട നിലപാടുകള്‍ സ്പീക്കര്‍, പ്രതിപക്ഷ നേതാവ് എന്നിവരുമായി ആലോചിച്ച് തീരുമാനിക്കുമെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.  

സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ എടുക്കുന്ന എല്ലാ നടപടികള്‍ക്കും പ്രതിപക്ഷ നേതാവ് രമേശ് ചെന്നിത്തല പൂര്‍ണ്ണ പിന്തുണ പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചു. ഒട്ടക്കെട്ടായി നിന്ന് നിയമസഭയില്‍ പ്രമേയം കൊണ്ടുവരുന്ന കാര്യത്തിലും അദ്ദേഹം പിന്തുണ നല്‍കി.  

അതീവ പ്രാധാന്യമുള്ള വിഷയത്തില്‍ ഉടന്‍ യോഗം വിളിച്ചതിന് കക്ഷിനേതാക്കള്‍ സര്‍ക്കാരിനെ അഭിനന്ദിച്ചു.

പ്രതിപക്ഷ നേതാവ് രമേശ് ചെന്നിത്തല, എം.വി. ഗോവിന്ദന്‍ മാസ്റ്റര്‍ (സി.പി.ഐ.എം), തമ്പാനൂര്‍ രവി (കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് ഐ), മന്ത്രി ഇ. ചന്ദ്രശേഖരന്‍, സി. ദിവാകരന്‍ (സി.പി.ഐ), പി.കെ. കുഞ്ഞാലിക്കുട്ടി (മുസ്ലിം ലീഗ്), മന്ത്രി രാമചന്ദ്രന്‍ കടന്നപ്പള്ളി (കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് എസ്), സി.കെ. നാണു (ജനതാദള്‍ എസ്), പി.ജെ. ജോസഫ് (കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ്), ടി.പി. പീതാംബരന്‍ മാസ്റ്റര്‍ (എന്‍.സി.പി), ഷെയ്ക് പി ഹാരിസ് (ലോക് താന്ത്രിക് ജനതാദള്‍), എ.എ. അസീസ് (ആര്‍.എസ്.പി), ജോര്‍ജ് കുര്യന്‍ (ബിജെപി), മനോജ്കുമാര്‍ (കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ് ജെ), പി.സി. ജോര്‍ജ് എം.എല്‍.എ എന്നിവര്‍ യോഗത്തില്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തു.

Press Release:19-08-2020

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കോവിഡ്: ജില്ലാ ഭരണാധികാരികളുമായി മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ചര്‍ച്ച നടത്തി

കോവിഡ്-19 വ്യാപനം വര്‍ധിക്കുന്ന സാഹചര്യത്തില്‍ ജില്ലാ ഭരണാധികാരികളുമായി മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പിണറായി വിജയന്‍ വീഡിയോ കോണ്‍ഫറന്‍സ് വഴി സംസാരിച്ചു. കലക്ടര്‍മാര്‍, പോലീസ് മേധാവികള്‍, മെഡിക്കല്‍ ഓഫീസര്‍മാര്‍ എന്നിവരുമായാണ് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി സംസാരിച്ചത്.

രോഗവ്യാപനം തടയാന്‍ നാം കഠിന ശ്രമം നടത്തുകയാണ്. ഈ ഘട്ടത്തില്‍ രോഗത്തെ നിസ്സാരവല്‍ക്കരിക്കുന്ന ചിലരുമുണ്ട്. രോഗത്തെ അതിന്‍റെ വഴിക്കുവിടാമെന്ന സമീപനം ഒരിക്കലും പാടില്ല. സ്ഥിതി വഷളാക്കുവാന്‍ നോക്കുന്നവരുമുണ്ട്. അത്തരക്കാരുടെ മുന്നില്‍ നിസ്സഹായരായിരിക്കരുതെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു. രോഗവ്യാപനം തടഞ്ഞ് ജീവൻ രക്ഷിക്കുക എന്നതാണ് നമ്മുടെ മുന്നിലുള്ള ലക്ഷ്യം. രോഗികളുടെ എണ്ണം വര്‍ധിക്കുന്നത് എന്തുകൊണ്ട് എന്നത് ഓരോ പ്രദേശത്തിന്‍റെയും പ്രത്യേകത എടുത്ത് പരിശോധിക്കണം. അതിന്‍റെ ഭാഗമായി ചെയ്യേണ്ടതൊക്കെ ചെയ്യണം. ഇപ്പോള്‍ മരണനിരക്ക് പിടിച്ചുനിര്‍ത്താന്‍ നമുക്കാവുന്നുണ്ട്. എന്നാല്‍ രോഗവ്യാപനം വലിയതോതില്‍ വര്‍ധിക്കുകയാണെങ്കില്‍ മരണനിരക്കും കൂടും. ഇതൊഴിവാക്കാന്‍ ആരോഗ്യവകുപ്പ് അതീവ ശ്രദ്ധ പുലര്‍ത്തേണ്ടതുണ്ട്. വാര്‍ഡുതല സമിതികള്‍ ഫലപ്രദമായി പ്രവര്‍ത്തിപ്പിക്കണം. പ്രവര്‍ത്തനം പിറകോട്ടുള്ള വാര്‍ഡുകളുടെ കാര്യം പ്രത്യേകമായി പരിശോധിച്ച് പ്രവര്‍ത്തനസജ്ജമാക്കണം.

ഓണാഘോഷം വീടുകളില്‍ മാത്രമായി പരിമിതപ്പെടുത്തണം. പൂക്കളമൊരുക്കാൻ അതത് പ്രദേശത്തെ പൂക്കൾ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്ന നിലയുണ്ടാകണം. പുറത്തുനിന്ന് കൊണ്ടുവരുന്ന പൂക്കൾ രോഗവ്യാപന സാധ്യത വർധിപ്പിക്കുമെന്നതിനാലാണിത്. സംസ്ഥാന അതിര്‍ത്തിയില്‍ ആവശ്യമായ ക്രമീകരണങ്ങള്‍ ഉണ്ടാക്കി ജാഗ്രത പാലിക്കണം. നല്ല നിലയിലുള്ള ബോധവൽക്കരണ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളിൽ ഏർപ്പെടണം. മറ്റ് വകുപ്പുകളിലെ ജീവനക്കാരെ കോവിഡ് പ്രതിരോധ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് പരമാവധി ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെന്ന് കലക്ടർമാർ ഉറപ്പു വരുത്തണം.

കോണ്‍ടാക്ട് ട്രെയിസിങ്, ക്വാറന്‍റൈന്‍ എന്നീ കാര്യങ്ങളില്‍ ഊര്‍ജിതമായി ഇടപെടാന്‍ പോലീസ് അധികൃതര്‍ക്ക് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി നിര്‍ദേശം നല്‍കി. ഓണാഘോഷത്തോടനുബന്ധിച്ച് ഉണ്ടാകാനിടയുള്ള തിരക്കിനിടയിലും കടകളില്‍ വരുന്നവരും ശാരീരിക അകലം പാലിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെന്ന് ഉറപ്പാക്കണം. പൊതുസ്ഥലങ്ങളില്‍ ആഘോഷം അനുവദിക്കരുത്. വാര്‍ഡുതല സമിതിയെ സജീവമാക്കാന്‍ ജനമൈത്രി പോലീസിന്‍റെ ഇടപടലുണ്ടാകണം. കൂടുതല്‍ വളണ്ടിയര്‍മാരെ ഉപയോഗിക്കാനാകണം. ചില പ്രത്യേക സ്ഥലങ്ങളെ ക്ലസ്റ്റര്‍ ആയി കണ്ട് നിലപാടെടുക്കണം. കടകളുടെ പ്രവര്‍ത്തി സമയം രാവിലെ ഏഴു മണി മുതല്‍ രാത്രി ഏഴു മണിവരെയായിരിക്കും. രോഗവ്യാപന സാധ്യത കൂടുന്ന ഒരു കാര്യവും അനുവദിക്കരുത്. ഇക്കാര്യം പോലീസ് പ്രത്യേകം ശ്രദ്ധിക്കണമെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.

മന്ത്രിമാരായ കെ.കെ. ശൈലജ ടീച്ചര്‍, ഇ. ചന്ദ്രശേഖരന്‍, എ.സി. മൊയ്തീന്‍, ചീഫ് സെക്രട്ടറി ഡോ. വിശ്വാസ് മേത്ത, സംസ്ഥാന പോലീസ് മേധാവി ലോക്നാഥ് ബെഹ്റ, ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട വകുപ്പ് സെക്രട്ടറിമാര്‍ തുടങ്ങിയവര്‍ വീഡിയോ കോണ്‍ഫറന്‍സില്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തു.

Press Release:12-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker

1,212 new cases & 880 recoveries today, total 13,045 patients under treatment
30 new hotspots, total 540

 
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 12: Covid-19 was detected in 1,212 people in Kerala today while 880 patients under treatment have recovered from the same. Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said of the cases confirmed today, 1,068 people were infected through contact and the source of infection was unknown in 45 cases. 51 are those who came back from foreign countries and 64 from other states. 22 healthcare workers were also infected. Six deaths were reported taking the Covid related death toll in the State to 126.
 
Shamsudeen (53) and Adam Kunji (65) from Kasaragod district, Kanakaraj (50) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Mariamkutty (77) from Ernakulam district, Ajithan (55) from Idukki district, T K Vasappan (89) from Kottayam district are the deceased.
 
The details of the new active cases today are 266 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 261 from Malappuram district, 121 in Ernakulam district, 118 from Alappuzha district, 93 in Kozhikode district, 81 from Palakkad district, 76 in Kottayam district, 68 from Kasaragod district, 42 in Idukki district, 31 from Kannur district, 19 each in Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts, 12 from Wayanad district and five in Kollam district were diagnosed with the disease today.
 
The district-wise figures of the local transmission are 255 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 234 in Malappuram district, 111 in Ernakulam district, 105 in Alappuzha district, 71 in Palakkad district, 70 in Kozhikode district, 66 in Kottayam district, 64 in Kasargod district, 34 in Idukki district, 16 in Kannur district, 15 in Thrissur district, 12 in Pathanamthitta district, 10 in Wayanad district and five in Kollam district.
 
The infected healthcare workers are nine in Thiruvananthapuram district, four in Kozhikode district, three in Malappuram district, two each in Kannur and Kasaragod districts, and one each in Pathanamthitta and Palakkad districts. Six INHS personnel in Ernakulam district and a KSE employee in Thrissur district are among those infected.
 
The number of patients who tested negative today are 180 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 122 from Kozhikode district, 107 in Malappuram district, 86 from Palakkad district, 64 in Kannur district, 60 from Alappuzha district, 55 in Thrissur district, 51 from Ernakulam district, 39 in Kasaragod district, 27 from Kollam district, 26 in Pathanamthitta district, 25 from Idukki district, 23 in Kottayam district and 15 from Wayanad district.
 
So far, 24,926 people have been cured of Coronavirus and presently, 13,045 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals across the State.
 
There are a total of 1,51,752 people under observation in the state, 1,39,326 in home or institutional quarantine and 12,426 in hospitals. 1,380 people were admitted to the hospital today.
 
During the last 24 hours, 28,644 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 10,56,360 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 7,313 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,41,283 samples were collected from high-risk groups and 1,049 results are still expected.
 
30 places were marked as hotspots today and 13 were exempted. There are 540 hotspots in Kerala now.
Kerala Police to devise for innovative methods for Covid prevention: CM
 
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that innovative methods for the prevention of Covid are being devised under the leadership of the District Police Chiefs. The defence measures prepared by the Police Chiefs in different districts will be shared mutually and will be implemented after making necessary changes for adaption.
 
Janamaithri police officers will be given online behavioural training. Awareness campaigns against Coronavirus were organised with the participation of the public under the leadership of senior officers. The assistance of women is being taken to ensure the safety of their family members.
 
The Chief Minister also informed that various technologies and scientific methods are being used by the Police for contact tracing. “As part of this effort, the State Police Chief had given instruction to collect the call details records (CDR) of Covid patients. The law enforcement agencies are allowed to collect this type of information. In Kerala too, CDRs are used to collect patient information for the sake of public health and safety. This is the most effective way for contact tracing and we have been using this method for a few months. The information thus collected will not be passed on to anyone else or used for any other purpose.” He also clarified that there will be no intrusion in the patient’s privacy.
 
Rajamala landslide update:
 
The Chief Minister has informed that three more bodies were recovered today from the Rajamala landslide disaster site at Munnar in Idukki district. One of them was identified as that of a 12-year-old girl. The death toll in the Pettimudi tragedy has risen to 55.
 
As part of the Covid preventive measures, sanitizers, masks and gloves are being distributed to those involved in the search operations at the disaster area.
 
Karipur air crash update:
 
The CM also informed that 83 survivors of the Karipur plane crash are being treated at various hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. While 61 passengers are recovering fast, 22 people are still in serious condition.
 
Kerala cuts tax on aviation turbine fuel to 1% for 10 years
 
In a bid to encourage domestic air travel in the State, the Kerala Government has been decided to reduce the tax rate on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) from 5% to 1% for all domestic flights from the Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery and the Kozhikode International Airport at Karipur for a period of 10 years. The Cabinet meeting held today approved this decision.

Press Release:11-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker

1,417 new cases & 1,426 recoveries today, total 12, 721 patients under treatment
25 new hotspots, total 523

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 1,417 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. At the same time, 1,426 patients have recovered from the disease. 1,242 were cases of local transmission and the contact sources in 105 persons were not traceable. 62 cases are in those who returned from abroad and 75 from other states. 36 healthcare workers are also infected. The Chief Minister also offered his condolences on the five deaths reported.
 
Chellaiyan (68), Maniyan (80) and Prema (52) from Thiruvananthapuram district, Kumba Maradi (75) from Kannur district and Rita Charles (87) from Ernakulam district are the deceased. The Covid related death toll in the State is now 120.
 
The district-wise figures of the positive cases are 297 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 242 in Malappuram district, 158 from Kozhikode district, 147 in Kasaragod district, 146 from Alappuzha district, 141 in Palakkad district, 133 from Ernakulam district, 32 in Thrissur district, 30 from Kannur district, 25 in Kollam district, 24 from Kottayam district, 20 in Pathanamthitta district, 18 from Wayanad district and four in Idukki district.
 
The details of those infected through contact are 279 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 195 in Malappuram district, 140 in Kasargod district, 131 in Alappuzha district, 127 in Kozhikode district, 125 in Ernakulam district, 114 in Palakkad district, 28 in Thrissur district, 24 in Kollam district, 23 in Kottayam district, 22 in Kannur district, 18 in Wayanad district, 12 in Pathanamthitta district and four in Idukki district.
 
The infected healthcare workers 12 in Thiruvananthapuram district, seven in Palakkad district, five in Kasaragod district, four in Malappuram district, three each in Ernakulam and Kannur districts, and two in Kozhikode district. A cabin crew member in Kozhikode district and a KSE employee in Thrissur district are also among those infected with Coronavirus.
 
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are 498 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 266 in Kasaragod district, 103 from Kozhikode district, 70 each in Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts, 68 from Idukki district, 65 in Thrissur district, 51 from Malappuram district, 48 in Wayanad district, 47 from Kottayam district, 41 in Pathanamthitta district, 40 from Palakkad district, 32 in Kollam district and 27 from Kannur district.
 
So far, 24,046 people have been cured of Covid and presently, there are 12,721 patients who are undergoing treatment for the disease.
 
There are a total of  1,49,707 people under observation across the state, 1,37,586 under home or institutional quarantine and 12,121 in hospitals. 1,456 people were admitted to the hospital today.
 
21,625 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. A total of 10,27,433 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 6,700 samples are yet to come. 1,59,543 samples were collected from priority groups with higher social contact as part of the Sentinel Surveillance and the results of 1,505 samples are awaited.
 
Today there are 25 new hotspots while 32 areas have been excluded from the list. At present, there are 523 hotspots in the State.
 
Rajamala landslide update:
 

The Chief Minister informed that three more bodies have been recovered today from the Rajamala landslide disaster site at Munnar in Idukki district. The death toll in this natural calamity has reached 52.

Press Release:10-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker: 1,184 new cases & 784 recoveries today, total 12, 737 patients under treatment

13 new hotspots, total 531

1,184 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today even as 784 have recovered from the disease. Sharing the details, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, “Of the active cases detected today, 956 were infected through contact and the source was unknown in 114. 106 are those who came back from overseas and 73 from other states. 41 healthcare workers were also infected.”. The Chief Minister also condoled the seven Covid related deaths reported in the State.

The deceased are Gracie Shiny (54) from Ernakulam district, Devdas (45) from Kollam district, Mohammed Kunji (68) from Kasargod district, Alvikutty (65) from Wayanad district, Nafisa (52) from Malappuram district, Abu Backer (64) from Kozhikode district and Jama (50) from Thiruvananthapuram district. So far, 115 people in Kerala have lost their lives due to Covid.

The district-wise figures of the new positive cases today are 255 from Malappuram district, 200 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 147 from Palakkad district, 146 in Kasaragod district, 101 from Ernakulam district, 66 in Kozhikode district, 63 from Kannur district, 41 in Kollam district, 40 each from Kottayam and Thrissur districts, 33 in Wayanad district, 30 from Alappuzha district, 18 from Idukki district and four in Pathanamthitta district.

The details of the contact cases are 219 in Malappuram district, 178 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 118 in Kasargod district, 100 in Palakkad district, 83 in Ernakulam district, 52 in Kozhikode district, 46 in Kannur district, 33 each in Kollam and Thrissur districts, 32 each from Kottayam and Wayanad districts, 20 in Alappuzha district, nine from Idukki district and one in Pathanamthitta district.

The infected healthcare workers are 13 in Thiruvananthapuram district, seven each in Palakkad and Kozhikode districts, five in Kasaragod district, four in Ernakulam district, three in Malappuram district and one each in Kollam and Thrissur districts.

One cabin crew member each in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts, one DSC personnel in Kannur district and five INHS personnel in Ernakulam district are among those infected by Coronavirus.

The district-wise figures of those who tested negative today are 180 patients in Thiruvananthapuram district, 102 from Palakkad district, 71 in Kozhikode district, 61 from Pathanamthitta district, 60 in Thrissur district, 55 from Kottayam district, 53 in Malappuram district, 47 from Ernakulam district, 41 in Wayanad district, 37 candidates from Kollam district, 32 in Kannur district, 25 from Alappuzha district, 11 in Kasaragod district and nine from Idukki district.

Till now, 22,620 people have been cured of Covid and 12,737 patients are at present undergoing treatment in various hospitals across the State.

A total of 1,49,295 persons are currently under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,37,419 under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 11,876 in hospitals. 1,323 people were hospitalised today.

20,583 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 10,00,988 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 2,829 samples are yet to come. As part of Sentinel Surveillance, 1,37,805 samples were collected from high-risk groups and the results of 127 samples are awaited.

Today, 13 new places were designated as hotspots while nine were excluded. There are 531 hotspots in Kerala now.

Karipur air crash update

The Chief Minister today informed that 109 survivors of the Karipur plane crash are being treated at various hospitals across two districts. While 82 passengers are undergoing treatment in Kozhikode district, 27 are in Malappuram district. 23 people are still in serious condition with three on the ventilator. 81 passengers are recovering fast.

Those involved in the rescue operations after the plane crash are advised to go in self-isolation because of the Covid situation.

Rajamala landslide update

The Chief Minister announced that five more bodies have been recovered from the Rajamala landslide tragedy at Munnar till noon today. This takes the death toll in the natural disaster to 48. One body is yet to be identified. The bodies of 43 people were found yesterday and 22 people are still missing.

Various government agencies such as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Fire Force and Police are actively involved in rescue operations. The forest department and their Rapid Action Force are also active in the search and rescue operations being carried out in an area of 16 km on both sides of the Pettimudi river.
Kerala asks for unconditional use of SDRF funds for Covid defence

Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today demanded that States be allowed to use funds from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) unconditionally for Covid defence activities, removing the current 25% limit. He made this demand to the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi during the video conference meeting of the PM with the Chief Ministers of flood-affected States.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “The setting up of Covid testing and quarantine facilities has put a huge financial burden on the states. Therefore, generous assistance is expected from the Centre to meet this expenditure. The floods too have come at a time when the numbers of Covid patients are increasing. The current monsoon has had a major impact on the economic condition of the state battling the pandemic. The Prime Minister was informed that a comprehensive report on the losses incurred by us will be submitted to the Centre.”

The CM also thanked the Prime Minister for sending 10 NDRF companies to Kerala to deal with the floods, for the assistance provided by the NDRF in rescue operations in the aftermath of the landslide at Idukki Rajamalai and in the wake of the Karipur plane crash. He also raised several issues concerning Kerala to his attention.

The Prime Minister said that the Department of Water & Meteorology and the National Remote Sensing Centre would co-ordinate the use of technology to provide maximum weather warnings.

Despite the severity of the current monsoon, Kerala has been experiencing disasters for the third year in a row. The state has taken all possible precautions and preparations to deal with the ongoing heavy rains. Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad and Idukki are the worst affected districts. People have been evacuated from dangerous areas. 686 relief camps have been set up in compliance with the Covid protocol and 22,830 people from 6,967 families are put up there. The water level in the dams is closely monitored and warnings are issued to the people based on it.

The CM also informed that the Chief Secretary of Kerala has requested the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu to draw as much water possible from the Mullaperiyar dam through the tunnel to the Vaigai Dam in Tamil Nadu and to reduce the amount of water flowing down from the Mullaperiyar dam. Care has been taken to increase the flow of water by removing the accumulated silt in the Pampa River to prevent flooding in low lying areas.

Minister of Health & Social Justice, Smt K K Shailaja; Revenue Minister, Shri E Chandrasekharan, Chief Secretary, Dr Vishwas Mehta IAS, and State Police Chief, Shri Loknath Behra IPS, DGP were also present for the video-conference meeting with the PM.

Press Release:08-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
1,420 new cases & 1,715 recoveries today, total 12, 109 patients under treatment
13 new hotspots, total 498

1,420 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today while 1,715 patients have recovered. Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said that this is the highest single-day count of both positive cases and people being cured. 1,216 people were infected through contact and the source of infection of 92 was unknown. 60 have arrived from overseas and 108 from other states. 30 Healthcare workers are among those infected.

The Chief Minister offered his condolences on the four deaths due to Covid reported in the State. The deceased are Vinod Kumar (41) from Kasargod district, Sulaikha (63) from Kozhikode district, Chellappan (60) from Kollam district and Purushothaman (84) from Alappuzha district. This brings up the death tally to 106.

The CM also informed that the number of Covid cases are increasing in Thiruvananthapuram district with a high number of contact cases. “Today, 485 people were diagnosed with the disease in the district and of these, 435 were through contact. It shows that strong intervention is needed in the state capital to control the infection and stringent restrictions should be continued.”

The district-wise figures of the active cases from other districts are 173 from Kozhikode district, 169 in Alappuzha district, 114 from Malappuram district, 101 in Ernakulam district, 73 from Kasaragod district, 64 in Thrissur district, 57 from Kannur district, 41 each in Kollam and Idukki districts, 39 from Palakkad district, 38 in Pathanamthitta district, 15 from Kottayam district and 10 in Wayanad district.

The details of the contact cases in other districts are 152 in Kozhikode district, 135 in Alappuzha district, 99 in Malappuram district, 92 in Ernakulam district, 67 in Kasargod district, 51 in Thrissur district, 37 in Kollam district, 26 in Idukki district, 25 in Kannur district, 23 in Palakkad district, 21 in Pathanamthitta district, 12 in Kottayam district and eight in Wayanad district.

The infected healthcare workers are nine in Kannur district, seven in Thiruvananthapuram district, four in Kasaragod district, three each in Alappuzha and Kozhikode districts, two in Ernakulam district and one each in Pathanamthitta and Malappuram districts. Three KSE employees in Thrissur District, two DSC personnel in Kannur District and an INHS personnel in Ernakulam district were also infected.

The district-wise figures of those who tested negative are 777 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 165 in Malappuram district, 110 from Kozhikode district, 100 in Alappuzha district, 91 from Kollam district, 78 in Pathanamthitta district, 72 from Thrissur district, 62 in Ernakulam district, 60 from Kottayam district, 55 in Wayanad district, 47 from Kannur district, 46 in Palakkad district, 33 from Kasaragod district and 19 in Idukki district.

So far, 20,866 persons have been cured of Coronavirus in the State and at present, 12,109 patients are undergoing treatment. 

There are 1,48,241 people under observation across the state, 1,36,307 in home or institutional quarantine and 11,934 in hospitals. 1,665 people were admitted to the hospital today.

27,714 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Till now, 9,63,632 samples have been sent for testing and the results 6,777 samples are awaited. 1,36,336 samples were collected from high public exposure groups as part of the Sentinel Surveillance and the results of 1,524 samples are yet to come.

Today, 13 new hotspots were declared while 21 places were exempted. There are currently 498 hotpots in the State.

Idukki Rajamala landslide death toll rises to 26

The Chief Minister informed that 11 bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide at Rajamala in Idukki district and three are yet to be identified. This is in addition to the 15 bodies recovered yesterday. This brings the death toll in the landslide at the tea plantation to 26.

“The rescue operations are continuing at Rajamala in full swing. The post mortem of the victims is being speeded up. An amount of Rs.5 lakhs was announced yesterday as emergency assistance for those who lost their lives. The government will bear the medical treatment expenses of those injured in the disaster. The government will do everything possible to protect those who lost everything in the natural disaster. We will also support them to get back to their normal lives. 78 people were involved in the tragedy, 12 were rescued alive and 26 bodies have been found so far. Efforts are on to find the rest. Two teams of NDRF are involved in the rescue operations in addition to the locals, Police, Fire Force and plantation workers. Swamp formation due to the presence of water in the landslide area is posing a big challenge to the rescue operations”, the CM said.

Revenue Minister, Shri E Chandrasekharan and Power Minister, Shri M M Mani are camping there to oversee and lead the rescue efforts. 

Rain relief camps opened to relocate people from low lying areas

In the wake of the widespread rains in the State, about 3,530 families from low lying areas have been relocated to 342 camps. There are a total of 11,446 people in these camps. 

The Chief Minister informed that Wayanad district has the largest number of 69 camps with 3,795 people followed by 43 camps in Pathanamthitta district with 1,015 persons and 38 camps in Kottayam district with 801 persons. Heavy rains are expected to lash the state in the next few days.

Press Release:07-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
1,251 new cases & 814 recoveries today, total 12,411 patients under treatment
11 new hotspots, total 506
 

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan informed that 1,251 new active Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala with 814 people having recovered from the disease today. 1,061 were contact cases and the source of infection in 73 cases was unknown. 77 have returned from abroad and 94 from other states. 18 healthcare workers were also infected. The Chief Minister also offered his condolences on the five deaths reported in the State.
 
The deceased are Sajith (40) from Kannur district, Imbichikoya (68) from Malappuram district, Gopakumar (60) from Thiruvananthapuram, PG Baby (60) from Ernakulam district and Sudheer (63) from Alappuzha district. The Covid related death toll in the State is now 102.
 
The district-wise figures of the positive cases are 289 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 168 in Kasaragod district, 149 from Kozhikode district, 143 in Malappuram district, 123 from Palakkad district, 82 in Ernakulam district, 61 from Alappuzha district, 55 in Wayanad district, 39 from Pathanamthitta district, 37 in Kottayam district, 36 from Kollam district, 33 in Thrissur district, 23 from Idukki district and 13 in Kannur district.
 
The details of the infection through contact are 281 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 163 in Kasaragod district, 125 in Malappuram district, 121 in Kozhikode district, 73 in Ernakulam district, 67 in Palakkad district, 49 in Wayanad district, 48 in Alappuzha district, 35 in Kottayam district, 28 in Pathanamthitta district, 26 people in Kollam district, 22 in Thrissur district, 14 in Idukki district and nine in Kannur district.
 
The infected healthcare workers are six in Thiruvananthapuram district, four in Ernakulam district, two in Kannur district, and one each in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Wayanad, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts.
 
The district-wise figures of those who tested negative today are 150 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 123 in Kasaragod district, 71 from Kottayam district, 70 in Alappuzha district, 60 from Thrissur district, 57 in Idukki district, 50 from Pathanamthitta district, 40 in Malappuram district, 36 from Kozhikode district, 34 in Wayanad district, 33 from Palakkad district, 32 in Kollam district and 29 each from Ernakulam and Kannur districts.
 
A total of 19,151 people have so far recovered from Covid and at present 12,411 patients are under treatment.
 
1,49,684 people now under surveillance in various districts of the state, 1,38,030 under observation at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 11,654 in hospitals. 1,570 people were admitted to the hospital today.
 
During the last 24 hours, 27,608 samples were tested. Till now, a total of 9,36,651 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 7,135 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,966 samples were collected from priority groups and 1,906 results are awaited.
 
11 new places were demarcated as hotspots today while 16 were excluded. There are currently 506 hotspots in the State.

Press Release:05-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
1,195 new cases & 1,234 recoveries today, total 11,492 patients under treatment
21 new hotspots, total 515

 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 1,195 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today even as 1,234 patients under treatment have recovered. 971 are cases of local transmission with the source unknown in 79. There are 66 cases among those who arrived from foreign countries and 125 from other states. The CM also offered his condolences on the seven Covid related deaths reported in the State.
 
Purushothaman (66), Prabhakaran (73) and Marakkar Kutty (70) from Kozhikode district, Asanar Haji (76) from Kasaragod, Abdul Salam (58) from Kollam district, Yashoda (58) from Kannur district and George Devassy (82) from Ernakulam district are the deceased.
 
The district-wise figures of positive cases 274 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 167 in Malappuram district, 128 from Kasaragod district, 120 in Ernakulam district, 108 from Alappuzha district, 86 in Thrissur district, 61 from Kannur district, 51 in Kottayam district, 41 from Palakkad district, 39 each in Idukki and Kozhikode districts, 37 from Pathanamthitta district, 30 in Kollam district and 14 from Wayanad district.
 
The details of the cases of infection through contact are 264 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 138 in Malappuram district, 119 in Kasargod district, 91 in Alappuzha district, 83 in Ernakulam district, 54 in Thrissur district, 41 in Kannur district, 38 in Kottayam district, 35 in Kozhikode district, 32 in Idukki district, 24 in Pathanamthitta district, 20 in Palakkad district, 18 in Kollam district and 14 in Wayanad district.
 
13 healthcare workers were diagnosed with the disease today, four in Kozhikode district, three in Thiruvananthapuram district, two in Ernakulam district, one each in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram and Kannur districts.
 
12 KSE employees and three 3 KLF employees in Thrissur district, three INHS personnel in Ernakulam District and two DSC personnel in Kannur District are among those infected.
 
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative today are 528 from Thiruvananthapuram district, 105 in Kasaragod district, 77 from Malappuram district, 72 in Kozhikode district, 60 from Alappuzha district, 58 in Idukki district, 53 from Kannur district, 51 in Thrissur district, 49 from Kollam district, 47 in Kottayam district, 46 from Pathanamthitta district, 40 in Wayanad district, 35 from Ernakulam district and 13 in Palakkad district.
 
So far, 17,537 people have been cured of Covid and at present, 11,492 patients are undergoing treatment.
 
1,47,974 persons are under observation in various districts of the state, 1,36,807 under home or institutional quarantine and 11,167 in hospitals. 1,444 people were admitted to the hospital today.
 
25,096 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 8,84,056 samples have till now been sent for testing and the results of 6,444 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,30,614 samples were collected from priority groups and the results of 1,950 samples are awaited.
 
Today, 21 new places were declared as hotspots while 15 were excluded from the list. There are currently 515 hotspots in the State.

Financial assistance for Pravasi Malayalees stranded in Kerala due to lockdown 
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 05: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced a financial assistance package for Pravasi Malayalees (Non-Resident Keralites) who could not go back to their place of work abroad and are stranded in the State since the lockdown.
 
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “In the wake of the Covid pandemic outbreak, it has been decided to allot Rs 50 crores from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund to Norka Roots to provide financial assistance of Rs 5,000 each to expatriates who are unable to return home to work abroad. This is in addition to the Rs 8.5 crores given earlier.”
 
Salary hike and additional benefits for NHM employees 
The Chief Minister also declared that the remuneration of National Health Mission (NHM) employees, both on contract and on a daily basis will be increased in addition to Incentives and risk allowances.
 
“Since the remuneration of NHM employees who are involved in Covid defence work is limited, those on contract and also those employed on a daily basis will be provided additional benefits. Incentives and risk allowances have been introduced. There will incur an additional expenditure of Rs. 22.68 crores per month”, the CM said.
 
The minimum wage for Grade I (medical officer and specialists) will be raised from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per month with a risk allowance of 20%. Grade II (senior consultants, dental surgeons and Ayush Doctors) will be given a 20% risk allowance. The minimum monthly salary of Grade III (staff nurses, junior health inspectors, pharmacists and technicians) will be increased from Rs 13,500 to Rs 20,000 along with a 25% risk allowance. Last grade employees will be given a 30% risk allowance in addition to their daily wages.
 
Incentives and Risk Allowances will be given to all newly hired employees engaged in Covid related work. The Covid Health Policy packages for various ailments will also be provided to employees who are not covered under the KASP scheme. It was decided to give a Chief Minister’s certificate of appreciation to all the members of the Covid Brigade.
 
Police to assist healthcare workers 
The Chief Minister today clarified that the additional work given to the Police personnel to mark containment zones and for contact tracing was only to help and support the healthcare workers in their fight against Covid.
 
“Healthcare workers, Police and representatives from LSG bodies are involved in Covid preventive activities. There is a possibility of fatigue due to their constant workload. Moreover, they are now involved in CFLTCs, mobile health units, etc. They need all our support, help and assistance. Contact tracing is more elaborate now since people travel a lot and the Police can use scientific methods to do this. Their investigation techniques will help us in faster contact tracing. So there is no need for any misunderstanding. We have a serious task at hand and this is to strengthen our preventive measures”, he said.