New COVID-19 lockdown guidelines issued for Aluva region in Kerala

South India

In the wake of the increasing cases of coronavirus in the State, the Kerala government has imposed a curfew in Ernakulam's Aluva region from Wednesday night. 


The curfew has also been imposed in Aluva Municipality and other six panchayats which fall under the region. 

Kerala on Wednesday reported 1,038 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike so far. The total number of cases reached at 15,032. One more death has been reported in the state on Wednesday, taking the toll to 48 so far.

Talking to media persons, Chief Minister Pinarayi  Vijayan said that of the total positive cases, as many as 785 contracted COVID-19 through contacts. The sources of 57 are yet to be known while 87 are foreign returnees and 109 are people who returned from other states.

On Wednesday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that the state government is considering to implement complete lockdown in the state, which is now existing only in critical containment zones. 

Issuing a notification, S Suhas, lAS, District Collector and Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority, Ernakulam said that only essential activities will be allowed within the containment zones. 

"The people are expected to stay at home / indoors and the movement of persons in and out of the containment zones is strictly prohibited except for medical emergencies' and procurement of essential goods and services," the notification read.

According to the notification, public examinations in all education national institutions within the containment zone shall stand suspended. 

"All the offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous/ subordinate offices and Public corporations except the following shall.remain closed' Exceptions: Defence, central Armed Police Forces, Public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), disaster management, power generation and transmission units, post offices, Banks, National lnformatics centre, Early warning Agencies," the notification from

The District Collector has allowed banks to operate with a maximum of 50 per cent of the total staff from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

As per the report, no customers shall be allowed in the banks situated within the containment zones. ATM's shall be allowed to operate. The post offices are also allowed to function with bare minimum staff. No customers shall be allowed inside the post offices within the containment zone.

Also, all transport services except in medical emergencies will remain suspended within the containment zone. Moreover, officials involved in Covid related duties and from containment zone movement restriction letter from the Head of Office.

According to the notification, railway stations shall be allowed to function as usual with minimum staff. Passengers coming from airport and railway to be allowed to come within containment zone for doing Home Quarantine/Paid Quarantine.


With inputs from ANI

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