In wake of the COVID-19 spread, Kerala govt bans roadside sale of fish

South India

In the wake of the COVID-19 spread, the Kerala government has banned the sale of fishes on the roadside in the state.


People buy fishes from the roadside because of low prices and is economical for them.

Earlier, Fisheries minister J Mercykutty Amma had said all those who currently sell fish on the roadsides should immediately change the sales point to nearby markets. 

“For the fear of Covid spread, fish markets had been shut for sometime now. However, it has been decided to open markets by strictly adhering to Covid protocol”, Fisheries minister had said.

“Since the sale of fish could only be allowed subject to strict norms, fish workers selling fish at temporary wayside points should move to the markets”, she added.

“If temporary fish sale points are to be opened, the respective grama-block pachayats can do the same in consultation with officials”, she had said.

Amidst the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Chief Minister held a virtual meeting with the district collectors, police chiefs and medical officers on Wednesday.

In a bid to contain the spread of the virus, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday urged people to celebrate the upcoming Onam festival at home.

“The COVID-19 protocol will be strictly implemented across Kerala during the Onam holidays”, CM said.

The police department has been instructed to ensure that social distancing is maintained at shops during the festive period.

He also requested people to use locally-available flowers for flower carpets as the supply of flowers from outside will increase the chances of infected.

The situation due to coronavirus outbreak is getting worsened in Kerala.

On Wednesday, The state reported highest ever single day jump of 2333 cases of coronavirus. This is the first time that the state has registered more than 2000 cases. The state also recorded 7 deaths.

Thiruvananthapuram recorded the maximum with 540 cases, followed by Malappuram 322, Alappuzha 253, Ernakulam 230, Kottayam 203, Kasaragod 174, Kannur 126, Thrissur 97, Pathanamthitta 87, Kozhikode 78, Kollam 77, Palakkad 65, Idukki 64, Wayanad 17.

Of these confirmed cases, 60 arrived from abroad while 98 from other states. 2,151 infected through local transmission.

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