Kerala to impose full lockdown on July 31 and August 1

The Kerala government recently revised Covid-19 guidelines by making several changes. It has decided to allow photo studios to open on permitted days in the wake of NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) requirements.

The regulations of Covid-19 in Kerala would be based on a 7 day average of TPR (Test Positivity Rate) in Local Self Government Institutions. According to this, LSGIs with high TPR will have more restrictions than LSGIs with low TPR. The recent government order also said that the whole state will witness full lockdown on July 31 and August 1.

Kerala to impose full Covid-19 lockdown on July 31, August 1 as cases rise  | Deccan Herald

Rules during the lockdown

– Companies and organizations dealing with emergency and essential services that require 24*7 operations will be allowed to operate.

– All Central and State government bodies dealing with emergency services and Covid-19 management duties will be fully functional.

– Patients with emergency needs as well as eligible people intending to take vaccination will be allowed movement along with valid id proof.

– Hotels will be allowed to provide only home delivery services and no takeaway.

– Only shops dealing with food, groceries, and dairy products will be permitted to function from 7 am-7 pm. Home delivery of such items will be encouraged to minimize the movement of people.

– Employees of internet service providers and telecom will be allowed movement but through a valid id card issued by their organization.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Vijayan announced that the Covid-19 regulations would continue as per the government’s A,B, C and D zones. The administration has also decided to limit the number of people allowed in a shop at a time. Moreover, it would allow only vaccinated salespersons to manage the counter.

The state has been witnessing a rise in the cases daily. As of Wednesday, Kerala witnessed more than 20,000 cases for the second successive day. 22,056 people tested positive after 1,96,902 samples were sent for testing in the last 24 hours, said Chief Minister Vijayan.

According to a recent survey by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Kerala was at the bottom of the chart of states with the successful development of antibodies in the population. This means that a state like Kerala who was able to curtail the first wave now has more population susceptible to the infection. Thereby, pointing to the need for stringent restrictions.

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