Updated: August 28, 2021 10:09:22 pm
With no let-up in the consistently high Covid-19 cases, the Kerala government Saturday decided to impose night curfew beginning Monday. It will give a larger role to the police in implementing preventive measures and convene a meeting of experts from a wide spectrum of the medical arena to chart out the next course of action.
On Saturday, for the fourth consecutive day, Kerala reported more than 30,000 new cases, contributing 70 per cent of the country’s daily addition of cases. The number of active cases in the state rose to 2.04 lakh. This is at a time the entire country has an active caseload of 3.59 lakh. The test positivity rate has been hovering above 18 per cent in Kerala and the same has been below 3 per cent at the national level for more than a month.
After a meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters that night curfew would be in place across the state from 10 pm to 6 am. Complete lockdown would be introduced in local bodies where the weekly infection population ratio (WIPR) is more than seven. Earlier, it had been 10. (WIPR is the total number of Covid-19 infections reported in a week multiplied by 1,000 and divided by the total population of that local body).
Vijayan said a meeting of health experts, doctors with exposure to Covid treatment, and leading virologists would be held on September 1 “to analyse the present situation and its features, and to devise strategies for the way ahead”.
In a departure from the practice of senior IAS officers being rushed to districts to coordinate Covid-19 management, It was decided at the meeting to depute senior IPS officers in all districts. Besides, an officer in the rank of additional SP will function as covid control nodal officer in each district.
The Chief Minister said the spurt in cases was due to the easing of lockdown restrictions for the Onam festival.
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