Kerala: CM Pinarayi Vijayan's big announcement, there will be relaxation in corona lockdown - instructions to all to strictly follow the protocol

Kerala: CM Pinarayi Vijayan's big announcement, there will be relaxation in corona lockdown - instructions to all to strictly follow the protocol

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday announced relaxation in the lockdown and other restrictions imposed for the prevention of corona in the state. However, during this time he also warned the public about the possible third wave of corona and appealed to stay in as many homes as possible. The new exemption will be applicable from Thursday, June 24.

According to the new guidelines, banks will now be allowed to function on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well, but the public will not have access to bank branches. All government institutions and banks in Category A and B zones will be allowed to operate with up to 50 per cent staff and all government institutions in Category C with 25 per cent staff.

At the same time, places of worship will be opened with the permission of maximum 15 persons at a time. However, liquor shops in the local bodies bordering Tamil Nadu will remain closed due to the lockdown in Tamil Nadu. Pinarayi Vijayan announced this new decision while holding a review meeting of Kovid.

Corona situation in the state

There is a steady decline in the cases of corona in the state. The positivity rate for the last three days is 10.2 percent. Thrissur district has the highest TPR at 12.6 percent, while Kannur district has the lowest at 7.8 percent. Apart from Kannur, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Thiruvananthapuram districts have TPRs below 10 per cent and the other seven districts have TPRs ranging between 10 and 12.6 per cent.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the situation has not yet turned out as predicted. The positivity rate has been changing. He said that to reach the comfortable level, the TPR should be less than 5 percent, which is currently 10 percent. In such a situation, people should follow the corona protocol regarding themselves and family. He said that if we deal with Corona carefully, then the lockdown can be further relaxed.

These people are getting relaxation in lockdown

Relaxation in lockdown restrictions is being allowed in A and B category local bodies. Complete lockdown will continue on weekends across the state. Classes for medical students will start from July 1 as they have been vaccinated. Children in the age group of 18 to 23 years will be treated as a special category for vaccination. With this, regular colleges will be opened for them.

More than 12 thousand cases in last 24 hours

Corona tests of 1,17,720 people were conducted in Kerala in the last 24 hours. Of these, more than 12 thousand people were found to be corona infected. At the same time, 141 deaths were confirmed in the state, taking the death toll to 12,295. At present there are 1 lakh 437 corona active cases in the state.

Simultaneously, CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced that in collaboration with the Kerala State Pravasi Welfare Development Cooperative Society HLL Lifecare Limited, preparations have been completed to start the Kovid 19 testing labs at all the four airports of the state to facilitate the travel of migrants.

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center has no plans to have a neutral agency like the CBI probe the recent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border , but is trying to resolve the dispute peacefully at the earliest. Two top government officials said that the central government does not want to take any such decision which will worsen the situation.

He said that the central government wants a peaceful solution to the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in constant touch with both the Chief Ministers- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram). Zoramthanga also tweeted, "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram tension from the Center."

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim in his tweet. At the same time, the Chief Minister of Assam said in his tweet, "Our main objective is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive. What happened on the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both the states. The border dispute can be resolved only through discussion.

The clash took place on 26 July

Asked whether the probe into the July 26 clash was likely to be handed over to a neutral agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both the top government officials said no decision has been taken in this regard yet. Five Assam policemen and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured in the clash. Apart from this, neither state of Assam or Mizoram has made any formal request for a neutral agency to conduct an inquiry, he said.

One of these officials said, "Both the state governments are cooperating and the central government is confident that there will be no more clashes on the border." FIRs have been registered against political leaders, police and civil administration officials. Both the government officials mentioned the steps taken to reduce tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.

The Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of both the states participated in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 28 in which it was decided to deploy a neutral force (CRPF) at the conflict site. Earlier, the two chief secretaries had met in a bilateral meeting in Delhi. After this, the central government issued an advisory to both the states asking them to maintain peace on the inter-state border. Both officials said the July 26 violence was a "sporadic" incident and such incidents are unlikely to happen again in future.