04 October Tuesday

19 new cases & 16 recoveries, total 117 patients under treatment

I&PRD KeralaUpdated: Tuesday Apr 21, 2020

I&PRD Bulletin

Thiruvananthapuram, April 21: Kerala today saw a spike in the number of Coronavirus cases being reported with 19 new cases being confirmed today. Ten of the new cases are from Kannur district, four in Palakkad district, three from Kasargod district, and one each in Malappuram and Kollam districts. Of these, 13 persons have returned from abroad, three from Tamil Nadu and one from Uttar Pradesh. The rest two are cases of local transmission.
At the same time, 16 patients under treatment have recovered from the disease. Seven patients from Kannur district, four each in Kasargod and Kozhikode districts, and one from Thiruvananthapuram district are those whose test results came as negative.
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kerala till date is 426 and currently, 117 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals across the State. 307 patients have so far recovered from Coronavirus.
The number of people under surveillance has further come down to 36,667. Of these, 36,335 persons are quarantined at their homes and 332 are isolated in hospitals. 102 persons were hospitalised today. Till now, 20, 252 samples from people with symptoms have been sent for testing and 19,449 samples have been confirmed with no infection.
Briefing the media, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said, “Kannur district now has the highest number of 104 Coronavirus cases in the State. This includes ten members from a single family who got infected through local transmission. All Pravasis who have returned from overseas and their high-risk contacts, including those who did not have any symptoms were tested. Presently, 53 patients are under treatment in the district. With the increase in the positive cases, lockdown would be strictly enforced with heightened checking of all vehicles on the roads. The hotspots in LSG areas would be sealed and only limited medical shops would be allowed to open. The relaxations announced earlier would not be applicable in Kannur district as it is in Red Zone and all restrictions would continue till May 03.”
The Chief Minister also informed that a 62-year old patient in Pathanamthitta district is under hospitalisation for the last 45 days and has tested positive for the last 36 days.  So far 21 samples of this patient have been tested and is still under treatment.
Minister of Health & Social Welfare, Smt K K Shailaja; Revenue Minister, Shri E Chandrasekharan; Minister for Agriculture, Shri V S Sunil Kumar, and Chief Secretary, Shri Tom Jose IAS were also present during the media briefing.
Chief Minister Calls For Self-sufficiency in Food Production
Thiruvananthapuram, April 21: Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today asked the people in the State to be self-sufficient in producing food grains and in the cultivation of fruits and vegetables so as to be prepared for any eventuality in future. Kerala is dependent on other States for meeting its demand for food grains, fruits and vegetables.
“We have enough food stocks available for now and we are in a comfortable situation but if the current circumstances due to the pandemic outbreak continue for long, we would have to start preparing for the future and would need big interventions in the agriculture sector.  The agriculture department in association with LSG bodies is planning big projects to improve our self-reliance. We should explore all possible ways to improve our vegetable cultivation using kitchen gardens, rooftop cultivation and community projects by making the best use of the available agriculture land in the State. We should be able to increase the production for our own consumption and reduce our dependency on other states. We should be prepared to face any shortage or scarcity of food”, the Chief Minister said.
The State needs to adopt modern farming techniques and practices to have maximum produce from the minimum area by adopting them for regional needs. The State needs to increase the rice cultivation in the State to over 25,000 hectares in the next two years. Cultivation of cereals, tuber crops, tapioca and plantain/banana should be increased to a larger area. Kerala requires 20 lakh metric tonnes of vegetables every year and this year’s production is 14.72 lakh MT. The Chief Minister exhorted the youths to come forward and take up agriculture in a large way. The State need large scale interventions to increase the output of food grains, fruits and vegetables
Meanwhile, the CM also informed that the Government has intervened in the fisheries sector to make the wholesale purchase of fish a smooth affair in order to avoid gathering of large crowds in harbours. The harbour committee would decide on a rate based on the average prices in the last few days and the fish would be sold at that rate instead of conducting auctions. This would ensure that all fishermen get a decent price for their catch and customers also get good and fresh fish. This system is being followed in most fishing harbours across the state and he expressed the hope that all harbours would follow this system