State seeing slight dip in daily Covid-19 cases; lockdown decision next week, says Pinarayi Vijayan

The state government had earlier announced lockdown-like restrictions will be imposed in Kerala from May 4 to May 9, to curb the spread of Covid-19
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
Chief Minister Pinarayi VijayanFacebook

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that strict restrictions will be imposed in Kerala from tomorrow to curb the Covid-19 spread. He added that although the state is witnessing a slight decline in cases, it does not mean that we can take it lightly. Kerala reported 26,011 new Covid-19 cases and 45 deaths on Monday.

“The most important thing is to follow the Covid-19 guidelines. It is important to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Production and manufacturing activities in Kerala should be carried out following Covid-19 guidelines,” Vijayan said, adding that a decision on the lockdown will be taken next week.

Earlier, the state government had announced lockdown-like restrictions from May 4 to May 9. In an earlier press meet, Vijayan said that the state government will allow shops selling essential commodities such as dairy products, vegetables, groceries, fish and meat stall to function. These shops should focus on home delivery. Apart from shops, hospitals, media organizations, IT and telecom companies are also exempted from these restrictions.

Vijayan asked people must not leave their houses unnecessarily and added that crowding should be avoided in closed places. There should be strict restrictions on wedding functions and funerals. Restaurants must focus on home delivery and dining-in is strictly prohibited. Other shops such as textiles, jewellery shops and salons must remain closed during this period.

Vijayan also pointed out that some banks are forcing their employees to work beyond the revised bank timings. The government had said that banks are allowed to work from 10 am to 2 pm due to the Covid-19 situation. The Chief Minister has also asked people remain at home as the weekend lockdown like curbs on Saturdays and Sundays.

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