Kerala pushes new regulations to curb rising COVID-19 cases

Kerala on Monday announced new guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state. There has been a surge in new diseases in Kerala, with the positivity rate moving to 12.53% on Monday.

In a meeting led by the chief secretary, it was chosen to acquire new measures to check the development of individuals and consequently stem the transmission of the infection.

India has more than 1,68,000 cases every day, becoming the second-highest daily positive cases in the world. Kerala, being one of the five poll-bound states overlooked Covid19 guidelines during the vigorous election campaign.

Kerala has also raised concerns about vaccine shortage, following many states.

Consequently, public gatherings in open spaces can’t be gone to by more than 200 individuals while those in shut spaces will have participation not surpassing 100 people. The term of such gatherings ought not to surpass two hours. The limitations would apply to weddings and different functions. Rather than ‘Sadyas’, Kerala’s conventional dinner served on banana leaves, arrangements ought to be made to offer visitors pressed food.

Restaurants and shops across the state can work only till 9 pm.

In restaurants, just half of the seats can be filled at a time. Measures to give stuffed food, rather than dine-in facilities.

There should be only 20 people in the shops at a time.

Shopping celebrations and sale melas at shopping centers are prohibited.

Tourism also staring at another crisis due to the spurt in the positivity cases. Several tourists are not willing to travel as they fear a lockdown is likely to be imposed.

The Kerala chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said that the surge in cases across the state is an aftereffect of the spurning of ‘break the chain’ standards executed by the government during the recent assembly elections.

Long stretches of April-May are known for temple festivals and celebrations in Kerala. IMA asked the public authority to force limitations on swarms at such celebrations. It requested the everyday number of tests to be hiked to 1 lakh to recognize more patients and in this way to check the positivity rate.