Amid COVID spike, Kerala imposes night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am from August 30

Amid COVID spike, Kerala imposes night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am from August 30

Special intensified stringent lockdown restrictions will be enforced in the urban wards/panchayats with critical spread where WIPR is above 7.

Amid sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday announced that night curfew will be imposed in the state from 10 pm to 6 am from August 30.

The decision comes two days after the Centre suggested that the state government should explore the possibility of enforcing night curfew in areas of high positivity.

"In areas where the weekly infection population ratio is above seven per cent, the government has decided to implement a lockdown. From next week, there will be night curfew from 10 PM to 6 AM. Night curfew has already been issued for tomorrow," Vijayan said at a press conference.

The state on Saturday reported 31,265 fresh cases of coronavirus while 153 patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative caseload to 39,77,572 and toll to 20,466. This is the fourth consecutive day that the daily COVID-19 cases crossed the 30,000 mark in the sounthern that recently celebrated a big festival.

The Chief Minister said that the state has planned to vaccinate all above 18 years of age with the first dose of vaccine by September.

"Seropositivity rate is lowest in Kerala. 2.03 crore people have received first dose of COVID vaccine and 74 lakh people have got second dose. 57.6 per cent have got first dose and 20.93 per cent got their second dose. These figures are much higher than the national numbers. We are confident of vaccinating all above 18 years of age with the first dose of vaccine by September," he said.

"Around 9 lakh people above the age of 60 and those with co-morbidities are reluctant to take vaccine. We are taking steps to increase awareness and encourage them to take vaccines," he added.

The government also issued additional COVID guidelines, saying special intensified stringent lockdowns will be enforced in the urban wards and panchayats with critical spread where WIPR (weekly infection population ratio) is above seven.

Check additional guidelines:

  • Special intensified stringent lockdown restrictions will be enforced in the urban wards/panchayats with critical spread where WIPR is above 7. DDMAs will notify such areas on a weekly basis from August 29 and give adequate publicity through websites and other media. The collectors shall further notify micro-containment zones as per guidelines and enforce lockdown restrictions therein.

  • ITIs are allowed to conduct practical classes for those students appearing for All India Trade examinations.

  • Movement of persons within the state is restricted from 10 pm to 6 am, except for the following purposes, from August 30:
    i. Medical emergencies and bystanders for patients in hospitals.
    ii. Vehicles carrying goods
    iii. Employees engaged in emergency services
    iv. Death of immediate relatives
    v. Long distance travelers to reach their destination
    vi. To board train, flight, ship, long distance public ticket as proof.

  • All other journeys of exigent nature shall be obtaining permission from the nearest police station.

Amid COVID spike, Kerala imposes night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am from August 30
Centre suggests imposing night curfew in Kerala, Maharashtra amid rise in COVID cases

On being asked if the state government will increase RT-PCR tests, the Chief Minister said: “We are not against conducting RT-PCR test. The idea is to find positive people at maximum speed and make sure they get the treatment. So whatever method is available for testing to achieve this, we are doing it.”

“It is the Delta variant that is spreading in Kerala now. It is highly transmissible. So it is important to conduct as many tests as possible. We are not reducing RT-PCR tests. In antigen tests, the results are available within a short span of time. So we can isolate the patient as soon as possible,” he added.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla while reviewing the COVID-19 situation in Kerala on Thursday observed that more efforts would be required to arrest the increase in infections. He also said that the state should intensify efforts to check the spread of the virus through interventions like contact tracing and vaccination.

Earlier this month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited the state and announced a special package of Rs 267.35 crore for the southern state to strengthen its health infrastructure.

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