Triple lockdown will be imposed in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram, where the test positivity rate is high, said Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today announced the lockdown in the state will be extended by one more week till 23 May as the positivity rate remains high. Earlier the lockdown in the state was to end on 16 May.
The state is currently under a 9-day complete shutdown as part of its efforts to bring down the daily caseload of infected persons.
"Experts have said the month of May is very crucial for Kerala.Lockdown measures have helped the north Indian states to containsecond wave of COVID-19.That is a good sign," Vijayan said.
At present the South Indian states, including Kerala, are witnessing a massive spread of virus.After May, these states may face a situation as being witnessed in the north Indian states, he said.
"If utmost care is taken in the month of May, we will be able to bring down the death rate. To ease the burden on people due to the lockdown measures, the government has adopted certain measures including the distribution of foodkits and timely distribution of social security pension," the chief minister said.
He also announced that "Triple lockdown will be imposed in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram, where the test positivity rate is high."
The state went into complete lockdown from 8 May in which to contain the massive spread of COVID-19 pandemic
As lockdown is in place, only essential services are exempted and people are strictly warned against coming out in public places or travel unnecessarily.
According to police sources, an online pass system would come into force by this evening for those who have to go out for urgent needs.
With this, people can travel for emergency purposes by obtaining pass from the police, they said.
All borders are under the strict surveillance of the police and only freight vehicles and those having permission from the authorities concerned are permitted through check- posts, police added.
As per the official guidelines, banks, insurance, financial services, capital and debt market services as notified by SEBI and cooperative credit societies shall function only on alternate days during lockdown -Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Anyone violating the lockdown guidelines would invite punishment under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act-2005,Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance-2021 and other relevant laws in force, police added.
Meanwhile, Kerala on Friday logged 34,694 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 20,55,528 while 93 deaths pushed the toll to 6,243, state government said here.
While 31,319 people were cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 16,36,790, as many as 4,42,194 people are currently being treated for the infection in the state.
Thiruvananthapuram district accounted for the highest number of cases today--4,567 followed by Malappuram 3,997, Ernakulam 3,855 and Thrissur 3,162.
Of the positive cases, 258 had come from outside the state and 32,248 people had been infected through contact.
Those who tested positive on Friday included 112 health workers
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