Complete weekend lockdown in Kerala
Thiruvanthapuram: Complete lockdown has been imposed in Kerala this weekend due to rising COVID19 cases. Only shops selling essential commodities are allowed to remain open.
Some of the worst affected districts in Kerala are Malappuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam.
The state government has announced a special Rs 5,650 crores package to help small traders, MSMEs and farmers to face the Covid-19 induced economic crisis. Rs 2,000 crore for interest subsidy, Rs 1,700 cr for welfare pensions, Rs 274 crore for rent and tax exemptions, Rs 850 crore for KFC and Rs 300 crore for KSFE.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has made the RT-PCR report mandatory from August 5 for people coming from Kerala.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has directed Deputy Commissioners of three border districts to be on high alert in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in Kerala.
Last week, the Central Government has sent a 6-member team to Kerala headed by Director, National Centre for Disease Control. As a large number of COVID cases are still being reported in Kerala, the team will aid the state’s ongoing efforts in COVID management.