New Delhi: Amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that full lockdown can be imposed in districts of high positivity starting May 4.
The CM said, “The increase in Kovid cases suggests that the situation in the state is getting worse. In this context, intervention has been strengthened at all levels. In addition to the restrictions announced earlier, full lockdown may be imposed in some places. “The test positivity rate is more than 50 per cent. We are going to impose more stringent restrictions from May 4,” Vijayan said while addressing media persons on Friday.
The Chief Minister said that only essential services will be allowed during lockdown. He said, “Banks will work till 2 pm (1 pm for public only). Government offices, both state and central, will handle emergency services only. Shops selling essential items will remain open. Only takeaway and home delivery from hotels and restaurants will be allowed. However, there will be no restriction for freight and those traveling by air or rail. ”
Attendance at religious places should be limited to a maximum of 50 people, subject to available space. He said that ration shops and civil supply stores would remain open. According to official figures, Kerala registered 49,199 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, resulting in 49 deaths.
In the last 24 hours, 149,487 samples were tested. The state’s positivity rate is 24.88 percent. There are 3,03,733 active cases in the state.
Vijayan added, “However, LSG bodies (local governments) should not declare a lockdown on their own, as it will not stand legally. Places where the cases are high, they should be banned by announcing Section 144 Going. There may be further restrictions on the basis of this. These orders issued only to National Disaster Management Authority, State Disaster Management Authority, District Disaster Management Authority, Chief Secretary, Revenue Secretary and District Collector (District Magistrate) depending on the circumstances. Have the power to do. “
He said that strict restrictions would be imposed in areas declared as containment zones. CM said, “It can be further strengthened by dividing the micro-control zones into clusters.”
The chief minister also requested people to use double masks. He said, “The study found that the spread of COVID-19 was controlled in different parts of the world, where the use of masks was strictly enforced. It is important to use a double mask when you step outside your home. The double mask does not mean wearing two clothes, but rather wearing a mask of clothes after wearing a surgical mask. If we wear masks in this way and wash our hands again and again, we can prevent this disease to a great extent. ”
He urged individuals, celebrities and organizations to come forward to make people aware of the importance of wearing masks. Vijayan said that the government will take strict legal action against those who spread the misinformation. Vijayan, while addressing the media, announced that oxygen war rooms were being set up in all the districts. There will also be an oxygen war room at the state level. Issues that cannot be resolved at the district level will be handled in a state-level war room.
CM said, “The required number of beds, ICU beds, ventilators and ambulances have been increased. Manpower resources are also being strengthened in the health sector with facilities. In this way, the government is trying to protect the state with maximum measures to ensure the safety of the people. ”