Kerala has prolonged the COVID-19 lockdown by per week until May 23, with 4 districts to be put below a “triple lockdown” with extra stringent restrictions than the opposite 10. These districts are Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam, and Malappuram.
The lockdown, imposed following a dramatic rise within the variety of infections within the state in latest weeks, started on May 8 and was initially scheduled to finish on the sixteenth of the month.
The state at the moment reported 34,694 recent Covid circumstances and 93 deaths associated to the illness, in response to information supplied by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the moment. The variety of infections reported at the moment is, nevertheless, a lot lower than yesterday’s almost 40,000, whilst testing has additionally declined up to now 24 hours.
Lockdown is prolonged until 23 May.
Triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram.
Free meals kits in June too.
₹823.23Cr can be distributed as Welfare Pensions in May.
Financial help of ₹1,000 for all members of Welfare Boards.
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) May 14, 2021
Mr Vijayan mentioned vaccinations for the 18-45 age group will start within the state from Monday, May 17. Registrations for this class will start tomorrow. Its first batch of Covishield vaccines, ordered straight from the corporate, arrived final Monday in Kochi.
“The month of May can be decisive for Kerala,” he mentioned referring to the state’s battle towards the pandemic. Apart from the latest spike in infections, the state will within the subsequent few weeks bear the fill may of the annual monsoon, elevating fears of floods and different pure disasters.
In the previous few years, the state has witnessed frequent flooding, placing the state’s assets and infrastructure below immense stress. With a pandemic raging, it will probably ill-afford to face one other catastrophe.
Already, numerous districts in northern Kerala — Malappuram, (*23*), Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasargod — have been positioned on a crimson alert for tomorrow, anticipating heavy rainfall. Rapid response groups and people of the National Disaster Response Force have been positioned throughout the state.
Meanwhile, the state had already set aside as much as 50 per cent of its non-public hospital beds for Covid care.