Tight curbs in Ernakulam, Kozhikode as COVID-19 cases surge

Crowding will not be allowed in shopping malls in Ernakulam.

Kochi/Kozhikode: As the number of COVID-19 cases continue unabated in Kerala, some district administrations have imposed more restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. These measures are apart from the general guidelines issued by the state administration.

The district collectors of Ernakulam and Kozhikode announced strict curbs on Monday.

All public meetings have been banned in Kozhikode. Crowding in public places will be regulated. People will not be allowed to travel by standing in buses. The Motor Vehicle Department has been instructed to check vehicles violating this instruction.

Timing to visit beaches will be controlled if rush increases, the collector said.

In Ernakulam, all political, social, cultural and community functions have been banned until further notice. The district collector has urged people to postpone events that have already been fixed.

Only a maximum of 50 people should attend weddings and funerals. Government meetings and functions should be conducted online.

Crowding will not be allowed in shopping malls.

Police and sectoral magistrates will be deployed for surveillance.

Educational institutions where COVID-19 clusters have formed should be shut for 15 days as per the order.

The Ernakulam district administration decided to impose strict curbs in the wake of the significant rise in COVID-19 cases. The number of infected people has risen from 3,600 to 17,656 in just two weeks. The district has recorded an average Test Positivity Rate of 33.59% in the past three days.

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