Kerala government shuts down liquor shops


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday announced that all liquor shops in the state will remain closed until further orders.


The measure was decided during a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Minister.

As per the report, the decision was undertaken to avoid the illicit flow of liquor in the state amid a partial lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus after 67 confirmed cases were reported.

On Sunday, the state government clarified that it would not impose total shutdown in the seven districts where infections have surfaced in the state as ordered by central government.

However, prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC were imposed in Kasaragod and Kozhikode districts of the state on Sunday to restrict gathering at public places.

On Sunday, as many as 15 people in Kerala have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of existing positive cases in Kerala to 67, out of which three had earlier recovered. 

As of now, all the 64 confirmed cases are being treated in hospitals across the state.

At least 9776 people were taken off quarantine, after finishing the required isolation period and not showing symptoms.

According to the report, there are 59,295 people in the state under observation, out of which 58,981 are in home quarantine and the others are admitted to the hospitals. 

At present, Kasaragod district has the highest number of COVID-19, with 19 positive cases in the state, followed by Ernakulam district with 12 people. 

Now a total of 10 districts in the state have reported positive COVID-10 cases. The number of COVID-19 cases in various districts are: Thiruvananthapuram (4), Pathanamthitta (9), Kottayam (2), Ernakulam (12), Thrissur (1), Malappuram (4), Kannur (10), Idukki (1), Kasaragod (19), Kozhikode (2)


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