Kerala announces lockdown from May 8 to 16 amidst rising COVID-19 cases

Kerala announces lockdown from May 8 to 16 amidst rising COVID-19 cases Streets wear a deserted look in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (PTI)

Thiruvananthapuram: Amidst rising cases of  COVID-19 in the state, the Kerala government on Thursday announced a statewide lockdown from May 8 to May 16. This decision comes after the state recorded over 40,000 fresh cases on Wednesday (41, 953) out of the 1,63, 321 samples tested.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had cautioned on Wednesday that the state is facing a very serious situation as the covid is spreading rapidly. The test positivity rate is also not coming down.

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“Kerala is going through a serious situation with COVID spreading rapidly in the state. The test positivity rate is not coming down. The situation calls for imposing more restrictions in the state,” said Vijayan.

Ernakulum district is recording the maximum cases with 6,558 active cases on Wednesday. There have been 58 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally in the state to 5,565.

“All figures are increasing and the test positivity rate is not reducing either. In these circumstances, we need to strengthen the restrictions. As the number of Covid patients increases by the day, the need for oxygen has also increased. Oxygen stock is decreasing very rapidly. In this scenario, we need the Centre’s help in maintaining adequate stock of oxygen. I have requested the Prime Minister to provide 1,000 MT of imported liquefied medical oxygen to the State, said Vijayan on Wednesday.

Earlier, the government of Jharkhand extended the lockdown-like restrictions in the state till May 13. These restrictions were first imposed on April 22 as “Health Safety Week” and were scheduled to end on Thursday (May 6). However, the final call to extend the restrictions was taken at a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority, chaired by Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

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