CM said that the triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Thrissur will be withdrawn from tomorrow as the test positivity rate and active case load have come down
However, triple lockdown in Malappuram will continue
In order to check the massive rise in coronavirus cases in Kerala, the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced to extend the ongoing lockdown in the state till 30 May, news agency ANI reported. The triple lockdown will be withdrawn from three districts while it would continue in one district.
The chief minister said, the triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Thrissur will be withdrawn from tomorrow as the test positivity rate and active case load have come down.
However, triple lockdown in Malappuram will continue.
The state has been under lockdown since May 8 after weekend restrictions and lockdown-like curbs imposed earlier failed to create any desired impact in terms of the daily caseload of the infected persons. On May 16, the lockdown was extended to May 23. Meanwhile, the triple lockdown was imposed in four Kerala districts, reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases in the state, earlier this month.
As per the notification released on May 16, shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish, animal fodder, poultry and cattle feed, bakeries stays open on alternate days. However, all shops closes, including for home delivery purposes by 2 pm.
Banks, insurance and financial services functions with minimal staff on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 1 pm.
The order further stated that restaurants and hotels are allowed to function from 7 am to 7.30 pm with home delivery services only. No dine-in and take-away/parcels are alloed.
Medical shops, petrol pumps, ATMs, shops selling life- saving equipment, hospitals and other clinical establishments are functional on all days.
Briefing the media, Vijayan said the average Test Positivity Rate for the last three days was 23.3 per cent.
"While the TPR is more in Malappuram, it is decreasing in other districts. Active cases are declining in all districts."
Noting that the virus was still spreading, the CM said the number of active cases and TPR has fallen below 25 per cent in the districts where triple lockdown was imposed, except in Malappuram.
As per the state health bulletin, as many as 29,673 new COVID19 cases, 41,032 recoveries and 142 deaths were recorded today. With this, the total recoveries stand at 19,79,919 and the death toll touched 6,994. The number of fatalities is the highest reported on any single day.
Currently, the active number of cases in the state is 3,06,346. A total of 1,33,558 samples were tested during the last 24 hours, the health bulletin said.
(With inputs from agencies)
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