New Delhi: In view of the Supreme Court’s recent observations highlighting laxity in COVID-19 limitations in Kerala, the state administration ordered a complete state-wide lockdown on July 24 (Saturday) and 25 (Sunday) (Sunday).
The administration also ordered that the COVID-19 rules released on June 12 and 13 be followed beginning Thursday, a day after the Bakrid celebrations.
“Exemptions and limits that are already in place in the corresponding category areas will be maintained. “No more relaxations shall be provided anywhere, under any circumstances,” the decree of the state administration stated.
“There will be total lockdown on the 24th and 25th of July 2021 (Saturday and Sunday) with the identical guidelines as published for the 12th and 13th of June 2021,” it said.
The government directed District Collectors to identify and demarcate micro containment zones in all districts, as well as to impose particular, more restrictive restrictions, in order to reduce new cases as soon as possible.
The Health and Family Welfare Department was also asked to conduct a mass testing campaign on Friday, July 23, with a target of 3 lakh tests across the state, with a specific focus on districts with a seven-day average COVID positivity rate of 10% or higher.
“Furthermore, the number of daily tests shall be urgently increased to the peak testing capacity for successful pandemic containment,” the order added.
Last week, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that, in honor of Bakrid, which is celebrated on July 21 in the state, textiles, footwear stores, jewelry, fancy stores, shops selling home appliances and electronic items, all types of repairing shops, and shops selling essential items would be permitted to open on July 18, 19, and 20 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in categories A, B, and C.
These establishments can only operate in D category neighborhoods starting July 19, he said.
Areas with a Test Positivity Rate of less than 5% are classified as A, regions with 5% to 10% are classified as B, areas with 10% to 15% are classified as C, and areas with more than 15% are classified as D.