Thiruvananthapuram: With the Kerala government deciding to ease the statewide lockdown restrictions from today, Kerala police has released fresh guidelines for commuters allowing unrestricted traveling in areas where the coronavirus test positivity rate (TPR) is below 8 per cent.
According to the new guidelines, issued by Kerala Director general of police (DGP) Lokanath Behera, the police said, “A pass is not required to travel to and from the locations where restriction are relaxed (where TPR is less than 8 per cent) and where partial lockdown exist But passengers should carry the filled self affidavit.”
Furthermore, a police pass is needed for those traveling from these two categories to places where a complete COVID-19 lockdown exists in connection with weddings, medical needs, construction activities, funerals and industrial needs.
A police pass is also needed to travel from existing lockdown areas to locations where the partial COVID lockdown is imposed and where the restrictions are lifted.
“Those who find it difficult to get the pass can obtain the pass from the concerned police station by preparing the application on white paper along with the required documents. The application should include the full address including the name and ward number of the destination, the travel requirement, the name and address of the person traveling, the mobile number, and the number of the vehicle,” the guideline said.
In areas where the enhanced triple lockdown (where TPR is higher than 30 per cent) exist travel will be allowed in and out of the locations for exams, medical purposes, and funeral ceremonies. The state police also asked the commuters to carry an appropriate identification card, hall ticket, and medical records.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday announced several relaxations in Covid-induced restrictions and said it will be allowed on the basis of the test positivity rate under local self-government bodies.
India’s COVID-19 Tally
India reported a slight spike in new infections as 62,224 cases were recorded on Wednesday, up from the previous day’s 60,471 new cases on Tuesday (lowest after 75 days), as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday (June 16).
The number of people who were discharged stood at 1,07,628 patients, down from 1,17,525 discharges reported a day earlier, the health ministry data showed on June 16. Meanwhile, 2542 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours which was lower than Tuesday’s tally of 2726 deaths reported.