12 districts in Kerala may be affected if Centre decides to impose lockdown
New Delhi: If the union health ministry decides to impose lockdown in over 150 districts across the country, 12 districts in Kerala may be affected. In a high-level meeting on Tuesday, the ministry has proposed a lockdown in the districts where the test positivity rate crossed 15 percent.
At the same time, the centre has informed that a final decision will be taken after holding talks with the states. If the centre approves the proposal, lockdown may be implemented in 12 districts in Kerala except Pathanamthitta and Kollam. Presently, the test positivity rate in Kerala is recorded at 23.24 percent.
IMA representatives have opined that complete lockdown should be imposed for a week for making it effective to control the virus outbreak. Meanwhile, a total of 156 districts across India reported the high test positivity rate with the rapid transmission of the virus.
However, other ministries under the central government have differences of opinion over implementing the health ministry’s proposal. In this context, the centre is planning to discuss the matter with the states.
Earlier, the Prime Minister had declared that a national lockdown will not be imposed to counter the second wave of the pandemic. Hence, the centre decided to allow the states to decide on the lockdown.
The health ministry informed that immediate action should be taken to regulate the spread of the virus in the districts with high test positivity rate.