Web desk 08/06/2020
Health Minister Ms. K.K. Shailaja has said that 91 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Kerala on June 8. A 41-year-old person who had tested positive and was undergoing treatment at Thrissur Medical College died. He arrived from the Maldives on May 16 with severe kidney failure and breathing issues. This is the 16th death in Kerala due to COVID-19.
Twenty-seven people from Thrissur district, 14 in Malappuram district, 13 from Kozhikode district, eight in Kasargod district, five each from Kollam and Alappuzha districts, four from Kannur district, three each in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts, two from Wayanad district and one from Palakkad district are those who tested positive for Coronavirus.
Of the infected, 73 had returned from foreign countries (UAE-42, Kuwait-15, Oman-5, Russia-4, Nigeria-3, Saudi Arabia-2, Italy-1 and Jordan-1) and 15 have come back from other States (Maharashtra-6, Tamil Nadu-6, Delhi-2 & Karnataka-1). One person in Thrissur district got infected through primary contact. Two health workers from the district were also among those infected.
Meanwhile, the test results of the 11 patients who were diagnosed with the disease were negative on the day. Five patients from Kasargod district and two each in Palakkad, Wayanad and Kannur districts were those who have recovered. Till now, 814 patients have been cured and 1,174 are now undergoing treatment for Covid.
There were 1,97,078 persons under observation across the state. Of these, 1,95,307 are under surveillance at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 1,771 are isolated in hospitals. 211 people were admitted to the hospital on June 8.
Over the past 24 hours, 3,827 samples have been sent for testing. So far, samples of 85,676 individuals (including the augmented samples) have been sent for testing. Of the available test results, 82,362 samples were negative. In addition, as part of Sentinel Surveillance, 22,357 samples were collected from priority groups such as health workers, guest workers, people with high social contacts, and 21,110 samples have been confirmed with no infection. So far, 1,13,956 samples have been tested, including 5,923 repeat samples.
Six new places were declared as hotspots today and now there are 150 hotspots in Kerala. one place in Palakkad district and five in Malappuram district are the new hotspots.
No immediate relief
The minister said that the aim of the government was to curb the community spread of COVID-19 in Kerala. Institutional quarantine system has been found to be effective in the state.
Those people who do not have a room with attached toilets should be under government surveillance. As COVID-19 will continue for some time taking appropriate precautions are important.
Being alert can reduce mortality in Kerala. Do not act irresponsibly as concessions are allowed in various sectors, the minister said. People should not make any contact with those who are symptomatic.
Mrs. Shailaja said that the people should compulsorily follow the government’s instructions.
Plasma isolates without symptomatic cavity blood would be used for rapid examination. Five ml of blood will be taken for examination. If the antibody test for IgG is positive, it can be inferred that the disease has been present for some time and that the person has acquired immunity. On the other hand, if a person is IgM positive, it means that it has not been many days since he got sick. They should be treated immediately. When IgM is detected you may still be infected, or you may have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection.
Meanwhile, the state has made more relaxation in its regulations from June 8. Government offices started functioning normally. All employees must be present at the office. The government has directed all the government offices, PSUs, semi-government institutions and cooperatives to be fully operational.
But there are concessions in hotspots and containment zones. As there is no travel, people who have reported in other districts have to get a release certificate and work in their own office. Saturday holidays will continue until further orders.
The health experts are worried that with the easing of restrictions in the state, the spread of the disease will increase. For three consecutive days, the number of patients had crossed one hundred, the minister said.