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Kerala: New lockdown rules to control spread of COVID-19

Amid the current rise in COVID-19 cases across Kerala, the state government has decided to issue new lockdown rules to control the spread of the virus. A strict lockdown has been imposed in areas in Kerala, from where the most COVID-19 cases are being reported.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state administration has decided to impose special intensified stringent lockdown restrictions in the urban and panchayat wards where the critical spread of weekly infection population ratio (WIPR) is above 10.

The government further said that classes in colleges, including professional colleges, can restart from 4 October in compliance with all Covid-19 safety protocols.

The college authorities are required to ascertain that all students and staff have taken at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine two weeks prior to their attendance or have tested Covid-19 positive at least one month before.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government has also allowed the reopening of schools from 1 November.

As per the new guidelines, the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will notify such areas every week and give adequate publicity regarding it through various mediums.

Covid-19 situation in Kerala:

Kerala on Saturday recorded 19,352 infections, and 143 deaths, taking the total affected in the state to 44,88,840 and the toll to 23,439. The state had reported 23,260 cases on Friday. The number of recoveries outnumbered fresh cases with 27,266 being cured, taking the total number to 42,83,963.

Among the districts, Ernakulam reported the highest number of cases – 2,626, followed by Thrissur with 2,329 and Kozhikode with 2,188, health minister Veena George said.

The minister said 88.94% of the targeted population have received the first dose of vaccination and 36.67%, both the doses.

There are 2,507 wards across 678 local self-government bodies in the state with a weekly infection population ratio above 8%.

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(For more updates stay tuned with DNP India)

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