Of the cases detected on Thursday, 375 are contact cases and the source of infection in 29 cases is unknown; 31 have returned from abroad and 40 from other states; 37 healthcare workers had also been infected.
‘Eid al-Adha’ festival is being celebrated in Kerala on July 31. Prayers were being offered at a mosque in Thiruvananthapuram. In view of COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing norms were followed at the mosque. On July 30, state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had announced that the prayers can be offered in mosques of the state, with limited number of persons in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.Watch: Kerala celebrates ‘Eid al-Adha’ amid Covid-19 pandemic
With no reduction in the COVID-19 cases in Kerala, the entire Thiruvananthapuram Corporation has been shut down till midnight of July 28. The capital region has recorded a height in corona positive cases, thus implemented a strict lockdown decision to avoid further consequences. Kerala has reported 12,480 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which 7067 are active. Bulk of the cases has come from capital Thiruvananthapuram. Covid-19 in Kerala: Thiruvanathapuram under strict lockdown till July 28
Lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram has been extended for a week to restrict COVID spread. In order to ensure restrictions, police personnel in Thiruvananthapuram are in action. IDs of people are being checked as they move about for their daily chores. Triple-lockdown (more restrictions) has also been imposed in containment zones. Southern state has reported 6,534 confirmed cases so far. Covid-19 in Kerala: Lockdown extended by a week in Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala has historically benefited from a large population of expatriates sending money back home, helping drive economic and social gains such as India’s highest literacy rate and the country’s highest sex ratio. The state accounted for about a fifth of some $80 billion sent home last year by Indians living abroad.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on July 18 briefed media on the current COVID-19 situation in the state. He informed that 60 per cent of COVID-19 cases are due to local transmission and community spread of coronavirus has been confirmed at two places in Thiruvananthapuram. He said, “60 per cent of COVID-19 cases are due to local transmission. Community spread of coronavirus has been confirmed at two places in Thiruvananthapuram. Everyone should strictly adhere to COVID-19 guidelines to break the chain. In last 24 hours, 593 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths have been reported in the state. COVID-19 in Kerala: 60% cases in Thiruvananthapuram are of local transmission, says CM Vijayan
32 people who attended a marriage ceremony in Kerala's Kozhikode test positive for Covid-19. Covid-19 has been confirmed in 32 that attended doctor's marriage function at Chekkiad panchayat here on July 9. The incident came to light after a participant tested positive on July 17. District Collector Sambhasiva Rao has asked K Muraleedharan, Congress MP, who attended the function to go on quarantine and conduct Covid-19 test. Muraleedharan, however, said he attended the function on the previous day of the marriage.Kerala: 32 get coronavirus from doctor’s marriage ceremony in Kozhikode
It all began with seven members belonging to two families, related to each other, turned positive for the deadly virus last week after attending a funeral of a relative who died of COVID-19 at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital recently.
The Covid-19 asymptomatic patients can avail home care isolation in case they wish, as per the ICMR guidelines. This will be implemented for the infected healthcare workers in the first phase on the trial basis, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday.Covid-19: Kerala to start 'home care isolation' with health workers on trail basis
Five months after it began relentlessly chasing the virus, Kerala’s healthcare has reached a delicate pass.
There is community spread in some places in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala CM on Covid-19
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on July 17 briefed media on current COVID-19 situation in the state. He informed that there is a community spread at few places in Thiruvananthapuram district. He said, “Large number of cases in some places in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district is an indication of disease spread. There is community spread in some places in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala CM on Covid-19
The Kerala High Court has banned all gatherings, specifically demonstrations, processions and agitations in the state till July 31, except the ones permitted under the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) last month.
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, a Kerala-based central government institute, has developed the system that would act as a bridge for patients till conventional ventilator is available, a spokesperson of the institute said.
Nearly 50 doctors and 100 nurses from Kerala will be in Mumbai in the next few days, said Kumar, who has already reached here along with two other doctors.
An "unprecedented situation" was prevailing in the coastal region of Thiruvananthapuram, with the infection spreading fast, he said and announced that a total lockdown will be enforced in these areas from tomorrow. Of the positive cases, 532 people have been infected through contact and there has been 133 recoveries today,Vijayan told reporters.
As lockdowns have shut banks and money-transfer offices, marooned migrants couldn't send money home.
"The perpetrators of illicit trade are always looking at innovative ways to deceive the system to carry out their activities. This deeply harms the economic interests of the nation and the society ends up paying a huge cost," FICCI CASCADE Chairman Anil Rajput said in a statement.
A Bangalore resident was charged Rs 15,000 to transport his 54-year-old mother to a private hospital less than 6-km away. In Kolkata, private ambulances are charging Rs 6,000-8,000 for ferrying Covid patients for about 5km.
It was on March 17 and March 18 that no fresh cases had been reported.
The country registered a record increase of 52,123 infections in 24 hours while the death-toll climbed to 34,968 with 775 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.
Many employees are reluctant to travel by public transport due to the fear of community spread of Covid-19 and hence are in search of a suitable accommodation.
The report analyses various cyberattacks within India during the pandemic and reveals that threat actors targeted the States with COVID-19-themed attacks aimed at exploiting user trust.
Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar, chief of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at ICMR, said India has evolved a strong COVID-19 testing regime over the last three months. He was responding to queries from mediapersons at an online interaction, which was streamed live on Facebook by Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala, here.
Kerala has been reporting fresh cases of the novel coronavirus in single digits for the past few days, a flattening of a deadly curve by measures that included early detection, aggressive testing and contact tracing, and a 28-day quarantine period — double that prescribed by the WHO.
The Maharashtra government has formally written to the Kerala government seeking assistance to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the worst-hit Mumbai-Pune industrial-commercial belt. The development came days after Maharashtra's Health Minister Rajesh Tope spoke to Kerala's Health and Social Welfare Minister K. K. Shailaja and discussed the Covid-19 pandemic challenges.Covid-19 outbreak: Worst-hit Maharashtra seeks Kerala's expertise
The state had reported 111 postive cases on Friday, the highest single day spike, prompting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to declare the situation as "grim". Vijayan also said the antibody tests would be conducted on a large scale to check if there was any community spread in the state.
A veteran footballer of the Malabar region, Hamsakoya had played for Maharashtra state in Santosh Trophy matches besides playing for popular football clubs, the Mohan Bagan and Mohammedan Sports Club. A former player of Calicut University football team, Hamsakoya had also played for the national team in the Nehru Trophy.
Named "Nightingale-19", the robot is deployed to provide food and medicines among patients at the district coronavirus centre in Ancharakandi in Kannur district where a large number of cases have been reported.
Kerala govt report estimates a loss of about Rs 80,000 crore in GVA to the Kerala economy in Q1 (Apr-Jun) of 2020. For March, the shortfall in GVA could have been roughly Rs 29,000 crore. The direct and indirect losses in gross state value addition (GSVA), based on an input-output model, is estimated to be 10% in 2019-20 and 20% in 2020-21.
With 48,916 fresh cases, the country's coronavirus infection tally surged to 13,36,861, while the death toll rose to 31,358 with 757 more people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours, data updated by the ministry at 8 am showed. There are currently 4,56,071 active cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The pressure to “reopen” in such countries is also greater. Large nations do well economically because they have big, interdependent and diverse internal markets. Consequently, they can ill afford to have those supply chains broken for long.
Coronavirus lockdown in the country has badly affected lives of elephant keepers and mahouts in Kozhikode. Expressing unhappiness over ongoing lockdown, owners said lack of resources has made it difficult to look after elephants. With existing lockdown, their main source of earnings through temple festivals has also come to halt. Due to lack of work, they are finding it difficult to feed the elephants. Covid-19: Elephant owners in Kerala suffer due to lockdown
A 68-year-old man died of the novel coronavirus here, taking the number of COVID-19 deaths in Kerala to two, the government said on Tuesday. The condition of the man was "extremely critical", a press release from the state-run Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and Hospital said.68-year-old man dies of coronavirus in Kerala
As the number of COVID-19 infected continues to rise across the country, the state of Kerala which recorded its highest cases (39) in a day on March 27, is now swifty flattening the curve.
The number of recoveries stands at 3,79,891 while one patient has migrated. There are 2,27,439 active cases of coronavirus infections presently in the country.
The first COVID-19 death has been reported from Kerala, in Kochi, said a State Minister on Saturday. State Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar told the media that the 69-year-old man arrived from UAE on March 22 and was in isolation. "He is from Kochi and was suffering from heart ailment and blood pressure. Since he was already placed under high-risk category, this need not be a cause to worry. The body has now been handed over to his relatives and the funeral will take place later today. There is no need for any worries at all," said Sunilkumar.Kerala reports first death from Coronavirus
Being one of the most unequal countries in the world, India remains in a particularly precarious position.
The country has so far registered 16,38,870 instances of the coronavirus infection. The death toll increased to 35,747 with 779 fatalities being reported in 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. This is the second consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000. The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.
The first repatriation flight will leave from Italy’s Rome to Kerala’s Kochi. The Indian nationals will return home under Vande Bharat Mission. Reenat Sandhu, Ambassador of India to Italy interacted with passengers at the airport. While speaking to ANI, “It's a matter of great pleasure for us that Vande Bharat Mission from Italy is starting today. I want to thank all those who made it possible. We've got excellent support from Italian authorities. I want to thank authorities in India for this mission.” The stranded Indian nationals across globe are being brought back to their home country under Centre’s Vande Bharat Mission. First Vande Bharat Mission flight to leave from Italy to Kerala
The man, hailing from Ernakulam, was admitted to the isolation ward on March 22 after his return from Dubai, the government hospital said in a statement. He was admitted with symptoms of pneumonia but later tested positive for coronavirus, it said.
Kerala: 7 new places have been declared as hotspots. The restrictions imposed in these spots will now be made stricter. Covid-19 in Kerala: 7 new places declared as hotspots
Dharavi holds hope for other big cities in Covid-19 control: Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, chairman, Manipal Hospitals
It is time we started to look at reverse-isolation. Protect normal but vulnerable people from infection. Largest number of mortality is in the vulnerable group. Till such time a vaccine is available, we should see they are not exposed to coronavirus, said Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, chairman, Manipal Hospitals.
24 women doctors of SK Hospital in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram performed at their homes, outside duty hours, on cover version of devotional song 'Lokam muzhuvan sukham pakaran'. Through the video, they gave message of unity and praying to God to lead medical fraternity's way amid COVID-19. 379 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kerala as of now. Watch: Kerala women doctors perform on devotional song amid Covid-19 lockdown
Early identification system and specialised Covid-care wards are reasons behind Kerala's good recovery rate.
The country's death toll due to the virus rose to 33,425 with 654 deaths being reported in a 24-hour span, data updated at 8 am showed.
COVID-19 cases in India surpass 10 lakh and death toll crosses 25,000; active cases one-third of total tally
The total coronavirus caseload stood at 10,00,202 while there were 25,553 deaths from the disease, according to a tally at 9.30 pm based on reports from states and union territories. India is ranked third in the global COVID-19 tally after the US and Brazil.
Malls, restaurants and places of worship opened in Kerala on Tuesday morning after over two-and half months of Coronavirus induced lockdown. There were very few visitors in the malls and restaurants in the early hours and people preferred takeaways in eateries.
Health Minister of Kerala, KK Shailaja informed that the state has low mortality rate and very high discharging or cure rate.While speaking to ANI, she said, "Coronavirus mortality rate in Kerala is below 0.5% but in world it is more than 5%. In some places, it is even more than 10%. Most of the people who are in isolation in the hospitals are stable and very few are in critical stage. We are treating them with most care. The discharging or cure rate is also very high in Kerala because of our systematic work. We evaluate everything every day."Covid-19: Kerala has low mortality rate, very high cure rate, says Health Minister KK Shailaja
According to State nodal officer for health, Dr Amar Fettle, there are four testing laboratories for the virus in the state. They are: National institute of Virology, Alappuzha, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Government Medical College, Kozhikode and Government Medical College, Thrissur.
As on Tuesday, 173 Coronavirus patients are undergoing treatment in hospitals across Kerala while 211 patients have recovered from the infection.
Health Minister K K Shailaja said the 85-year old covid-19 patient had been cured of the disease and had been suffering from old age problemsbesides heart and kidney ailments.
The country recorded 10,667 infections in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases stands at 1,53,178, while 1,80,012 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to official data. "Thus, around 52.46% patients have recovered so far," an official said. India is the fourth worst-hit nation after the US, Brazil and Russia.
A medical equipment that carries out the apheresis procedure was installed at a Government Medical College Hospital at nearby Thrissur last month and the technique was used for the first time in Kerala to administer plasma to a 51-year old man, officials said.
With this addition,coronavirus cases in the state have touched 794 while those under treatment are 275.
Apart from the rich food menu, books have also been made available to the 17 coronavirus suspected patients.
Over 80 Keralites have lost their lives due to the disease in various countries while reports from other states also show that Malayalees have been badly affected due to the virus, which was "painful", Vijayan said.
The grand festival of Kerala, Thrissur Pooram will not be celebrated this year on May 03 due to COVID-19 pandemic. But, the festive fervour came alive in a forex sheet after an ardent Pooram lover chose to recreate it using his artistic talent. Sunil Kumar from Chittilappilly, who works as a creative designer at a private firm in UAE’s Sharjah, every year comes to Kerala on leave to attend Thrissur Pooram.Covid-19: UAE-based artist creates replica of Kerala’s famous Thrissur Pooram festival
The state had on May 1 reported no fresh cases of the virus, even as one person tested positive for the disease on Saturday. The government has declared four more regions in state as hotspots, taking the total number to 84.
The state government, in its affidavit filed on Monday before the Nagpur bench of the high court, said it was implementing strategies as per guidelines of the Government of India as well as recommendations made by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Thiruvananthapuram-based institute, which is an institute of national importance under the Department of Science and Technology, received the clearances from the Indian Council of Medical Research a week ago to conduct clinical trials for plasma therapy, which uses antibodies from the blood of cured patients to treat others.
The first passenger train, carrying nearly 600 passengers, arrived at Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station at 5:30 am this morning. The passengers were screened and then moved from the station to various locations in South Kerala through state-run buses. Here is a ground report.Watch: First special train to Kerala from Delhi reaches Thiruvananthapuram
The Kerala govt has decided to effectively make use of the telemedicine platform e-Sanjeevani, as a sustainable solution for non- COVID-19 patient care while avoiding direct interface with doctors during the COVID-19 crisis.
A four-month-old baby girl, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and suffering from congenital heart disease, died in a hospital here in Kerala early on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest, officials said.
Another big single-day jump of 24,248 COVID-19 cases took India's tally close to the 7-lakh mark on Monday, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 19,693 with 425 new fatalities, according to the Union health ministry.
Kerala Cabinet meet ends. Coronavirus affected areas to be divided into 4 zones. 4 districts are classified into 'high risk'.Covid-19 outbreak: Kerala cabinet meet ends, 4 districts classified into 'high risk' zones
All religious and cultural events, tournaments and group matches are prohibited. District Magistrates are provided with internal addendum when necessary to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Section 144 under CrPC will come into force where necessary.
This is the second petition in the last one week against the government’s directive to compulsorily download the app for all public and private sector employees returning to work, and those living in containment zones.
Tamil Nadu opens portal (http://nonresidenttamil.org) for NRIs to facilitate their return to the state. Kerala government has already set up a portal allowing its natives working abroad to register.Covid-19 crisis: Tamil Nadu opens portal for NRIs to facilitate their return
As the 21-day national lockdown was drawing to a close, the state government had submitted a proposal to the Centre that divided Kerala into four zones — Red, Orange A, Orange B and Green — and restrictions eased in three of these zones in a phased manner.
Five other cases from the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala were reported on Sunday. Kerala state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said, the family acted irresponsibly by not reporting to the authorities after arriving from Italy.
The Pinarayi Vijayan administration had submitted a proposal to the Centre that divided the state into Red, Orange A, Orange B and Green zones. In three of these zones, restrictions were to be eased in in a graded manner. No easing was proposed for red zones.
Thomas and his wife Mariyamma, hailing from Ranni locality in Pathanamthitta municipality in Central Travancore region, tested positive and remained critical for days, before recovering completely from the infection.
An image from Kannur district in north Kerala showing customers made to maintain a one-metre distance between each other while standing in the serpentine queue extending well outside the building has gone viral on Thursday.
Several Indian passengers have been stuck in the European nation, despite having confirmed tickets. This was after Italian authorities and Emirates airlines refused to take them following a ciruclar issued by the DGCA stipulating that people travelling from Italy or South Korea should obtain certificates of having tested negative for COVID-19 from those countries.
"They are fine now. The decision to discharge them was taken after their latest sample test also turned negative for coronavirus," a state government official said. The couple hailing from Ranni village in Pathanamthitta district had contracted the virus from their son, daughter- in-law and grandson who returned from Italy last month.
Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope has reached out to Kerala health minister KK Shailaja to find solutions to stem Maharashtra’s rising infection rate. Tope has now announced that the state will fill up the 17,000 vacancies, but the government will take another two months to complete the recruitment.
Assam government has decided to conduct 50,000 tests in Guwahati and bring petrol pump and Dhabas under surveillance. The state has also decided to ramp up testing to 3 lakh by June end. Assam has conducted around 2, 1503 lakh tests so far.
COVID-19 extended its footprint in India on Monday with the eastern state of Odisha reporting its first coronavirus patient and one new case each in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Kerala, taking the total count to 114, Health Ministry officials said. Covid-19 outbreak: Count of coronavirus patients in India rises to 114
After Delhi and Maharashtra, states of Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka and the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will deploy the rapid antigen testing kits in containment zones, according to sources.
The Kerala government on Tuesday rejected concerns of community spread of novel coronavirus in the state in the wake of the second death of a patient here who had no travel history or reported contact with any infected person.
The Kerala task force report points out how China effectively used traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in tandem with modern medicine to prevent the spread of Covid-19 outside its Wuhan province, the epicentre of the global pandemic.
While three of them had returned from Italy on February 29, two others were their relatives, the minister said. All the five have been isolated in Pathnamathitta general hospital and are under observation.
For economies that depend on this foreign income, the outlook for 2020 is bleak.
India is facing an unprecedented economic crisis, where some of the safe and traditional jobs are under the threat of being axed even as India breached the 2 lakh mark, with the highest spike of nearly 9000 cases in a day. Tough times ahead.
A Kerala-based institute has developed a diagnostic test for Covid-19 which it claims can furnish results in less than half the time taken by the method currently being used in the country and for a fraction of its cost — ₹1,000.
COVID-19 patients require intensive observation and prompt tests, but this pioneering treatment, based on a four-drug mix, is earning global recognition following success stories at the Government Medical College (GMC), according to doctors at GMC, Ernakulam.
The Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday moved the Kerala High Court seeking quashing of an agreement the state government had entered with a US-based firm for processing COVID-19 patients' data. In his PIL, Chennithala alleged that the sensitive personal data of those suspected and positive COVID-19 pandemic patients in Kerala has been transferred to New York- based Sprinklr company in violation of their fundamental right of privacy guaranteed by the Constitution.Kerala: Opposition moves HC seeking scrapping of LDF govt-US firm deal on Covid-19 patients' data
Thirty-nine more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Kerala, surpassing the previous high of 28 cases, raising concerns in the state administration.
India had crossed the 1,50,000 mark yesterday following a huge spurt in recent days. While it took the country 109 days to witness 1 lakh patients, in took only 9 days for the next 50,000.
3-year-old child in Kerala has been tested positive for Coronavirus. Reportedly, the child was found infected during the universal screening process at the Cochin International airport. Details by TIMES NOW's Vivek Karindalam.Coronavirus: 3-year-old child in Kerala has been tested positive
Five new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported from Kerala's Pathanamthitta district, over 100 kms from here, according to State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja. Speaking to the media after a high level meeting with health officials on Sunday, she said a family consisting of a father, mother and son after visiting Italy had returned to Pathanamthitta and had failed to report about their visit to the virus affected country.Covid-19 outbreak: 5 new positive coronavirus cases reported from Kerala
People are actively seeking information on Covid-19’s impact — to stay updated and avoid panic.
Twelve fresh cases of coronavirus were reported in Kerala on Friday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 37, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. While five cases were confirmed in Ernakulam, six were reported in Kasaragod and one case in Palakkad district, Vijayan told reporters after a COVID-19 review meeting here.
Top scientists in the country have estimated that the ancestor of the novel coronavirus strain from Wuhan was in circulation by Dec 11, 2019. Using a scientific technique called "time to most recent common ancestor", MRCA, scientists estimated the viral strain now circulating in Telangana and other states had originated between Nov 26 and Dec 25, the median being Dec 11.
India's coronavirus infection caseload stands at 7,19,665, the ministry's data updated at 8 am showed. With a steady rise, the number of recoveries stands at 4,39,947, while there are 2,59,557 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country.
Announcing the decision after a meeting attended among others by the priest, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran also said a 10-day festival planned to be held from June 19 at Sabarimala has been postponed for the second time. It was to have been held in March this year, but put off due to the coronavirus situation.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit State with 6,817 cases of which 840 patients have recovered and 301 patients have died.
The circular stipulated that people "travelling from or having visited Italy or South Korea" and desirous of entering India "need to obtain certificates of having tested negative for COVID-19" from the designated laboratories authorised by the health authorities of those countries.
The test kit can detectthe "N Gene of SARS COV2 using reverse transcriptase loop-mediated amplification of viral nucleic acid (RT-LAMP). We are not aware of anybody else in the world doing lamp for N gene for corona virus, Institute Director," Dr Asha Kishore told.
New Delhi, Jun 11 () India on Thursday went past the United Kingdom in terms of coronavirus cases to become the fourth worst-hit country with a caseload of 2,97, 205, according to the Worldometer.