Amid lockdown, Kerala govt issues order allowing conditional entry into state

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The Kerala government has issued an order giving permission for interstate travel during lockdown to those seeking treatment in the State, or pregnant women, and in case of death of a relative or imminent death.

 

As per the government order, entry will be allowed to pregnant women and any minors with her along with one attendant and a driver.

According to the order issued by Chief Secretary, Tom Jose, necessary documents must be obtained by the competent authority in order to get entry into Kerala.

So far 387 positive cases have been reported from Kerala, out of which 167 are active cases.

Initially 7 districts were identified as Covid-19 hotspots, Kasaragod, Kannur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram. Currently, Kasaragod and Kannur have the highest number of patients.

On Wednesday, only one person was detected with the infection and seven people were discharged - four from Kasaragod, two from Kozhikode and one in Kollam. So far three COVID-19 patients had died, at least, 97,000 people are under observation.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14. However, on Tuesday, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

 

With inputs from Agency

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