The concerns of the administration have increased due to the Kovid positivity rate in Kerala. The activation rate in the country is 2.41 percent. In view of this continuous increase in the activation rate, the Kerala government is also going to start a large-scale testing campaign in the state. In view of the increasing cases, a complete lockdown has been announced in Kerala on the weekend i.e. on 24 and 25 July.
No relaxation in restrictions for now
The Kerala government said that the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Kovid-19 and the existing category-wise relaxation will continue and no additional relaxation will be given. The government said the decision was taken because of the Supreme Court’s direction to the state to focus on citizens’ right to life and contain the spread of the virus.
In its order dated July 20, the state administration said that there would be a complete lockdown on July 24 and July 25. In this period, only the guidelines issued during the first phase of lockdown on weekends will remain in force.
According to the order, the Health Department has also been directed to conduct a mass screening campaign with three lakh tests on Friday (July 23), with special focus on districts having infection rate of more than 10 percent. It said, “In addition, the number of daily tests will also be immediately increased to the widest capacity for effective prevention of the epidemic.”
Significantly, on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the already implemented Kovid-19 restrictions will continue for another week as the average test infection rate is still above 10 percent.
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