Thiruvananthapuram: Four more COVID-19 cases were reported in Kerala on Saturday, state Health Minister K K Shailaja informed.
Three of the new cases have been reported from Kannur and one from Kozhikode. Three of them – two in Kannur and one in Kozhikode – came from abroad. The fourth patient contracted the disease via contact with infected persons.
Two patients in Kasaragod recovered on Saturday.
There are 140 COVID patients undergoing treatment while 257 people have been cured so far.
Shailaja said 67,190 people are under observation - 66,686 in home quarantine and 504 in hospitals. The number of hospitalisations related to COVID-19 was 104 in the state on Saturday.
Of the 18,774 samples sent for tests, 17,763 turned out to be negative.
All govt offices in Kottayam, Idukki to function from Tuesday
All government offices will function in Kottayam and Idukki from Tuesday and all employees have to attend offices.
The government announced this as part of the relaxations in lockdown restrictions in Kottayam and Idukki, where no new COVID cases have been reported recently.
Restaurants can remain open from 7 am to 7 pm. Textiles shops can function from 9 am to 6 pm. All commercial establishments will remain open. However, restrictions on travelling to neighbouring districts will remain.
People have to wear masks while moving out. In cars and autos, only two passengers other than driver are allowed.
The KSRTC will take a decision on its services soon.
In Idukki district, designated as green zone, life will be back to normal from April 21 provided people observe social distancing.
All shops can remain open from 7 am to 6 pm. However, prohibitory order will continue in 28 wards in border areas.
Shops in Munnar will be allowed to function on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In plantations, only local workers are allowed. Quarries can function. Works in construction sector will also be allowed.