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.