In light of surge in number of COVID-19 cases, Kerala govt to impose Section 144 from October 3

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The prohibitory order will come into effect from 9 am on October 3 and continue till 12am on October 31.

 

Amid surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Kerala, an assembly of more than five persons will be prohibited from gathering in public places from October 3.

According to the order issued by the state government on Thursday, provisions of Section 144 of the CrPC will be enforced across the state.

However, existing relaxations for weddings, funerals will continue to be in place.

According to the order, district collectors will be given the right to impose the relevant provisions of section 144 in their respective districts.

The order issued by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta pointed out that Strict restrictions shall be imposed in containment zones and other areas where the spread of the COVID-19 is apprehended.

The prohibitory order will come into effect from 9 am on October 3 and continue till 12am on October 31.

With a spike of 8,135 cases, Kerala's COVID-19 tally breached the two lakh mark on Thursday. 

The state has reported 2,04,241 COVID-19 cases so far, out of which 1,31,052 persons recovered. The remaining 72,339 patients are currently undergoing treatment.

Meanwhile, with 29 deaths, the highest so far in a day, the state's death toll has risen to 771.

Of the new cases, 7,013 contracted the disease through contact. The source of infection of 730 among them is unknown. 

As many as 67 infected persons came from abroad while 218 came from other states.
 

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