Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has said that the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-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 there would be a complete lockdown on July 24 and July 25. During this period, the guidelines issued during the first phase of lockdown on weekends will remain in force.
"The existing classification of Local Self-Governing Institute (LSGI) areas on the basis of seven-day average test infection rate (TPR) will continue," the order said. The relaxations and restrictions already applicable to the respective category areas will continue. No additional relaxation will be given anywhere under any circumstances.” Accordingly, the district magistrates have been asked to identify micro-containment zones in all their jurisdictions irrespective of the classification of LSGI areas and to reduce the number of new cases. impose strict restrictions on
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 are another Will continue for weeks as the average test infection rate is still above 10 percent. Significantly, the Supreme Court had termed the Left government's application to relax the lockdown before the Bakrid festival as completely unwarranted. The Supreme Court had warned the government that action would be taken if restrictions were eased as it could worsen the COVID situation.