Coronavirus pandemic live news update: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said that dine-in at hotels and restaurants will be permitted in the state. The state has also decided to reopen bars. The entry will be permitted to those who are fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccines against Covid-19. The hotels and restaurants can permit 50 per cent of the seating capacity.
“The staff of the establishments should have received both doses of vaccination. Air conditioning must not be operated and only up to 50% of the seating capacity should be occupied,” said Chief Minister Vijayan. The state has also decided to allow functioning of indoor stadiums and swimming pools.
Kerala on Saturday reported 16,671 new cases and 120 deaths. With this the total death toll in the state touched 24,248 while the active cases stand at 1,65,154.
India recorded 29,616 new covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday. With 290 new deaths, the country’s death toll now stands at over 4.46 lakh. Active cases stand at over 3.01 lakh while over 3.28 crore people have recovered after testing positive. Out of these, the highest cases were reported by Kerala at 17,983 along with 127 fatalities.