Govt to take final call on weekend lockdowns/night curfew today

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Thiruvananthapuram: A review meeting that will be convened on Thursday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will assess the Covid-19 situation in the state. It is learned that the government will be making adequate measures in imposing restrictions, including closure of colleges. Further, night curfews and weekend lockdowns will also be considered by the government.

Earlier, a cabinet meeting on Wednesday assessed that the restrictions would have to be tightened without considering a complete lockdown.

Minister Veena George on Wednesday has urged people to exert caution in the wake of Covid-19 cases increasing exponentially in the state. She stated that the next three weeks will be crucial for the state in tackling the issue. She added the number of patients is expected to increase by five per cent by February 15.

The rate of transmission during the second wave was 2.68 and it is 3.12 at present in the state. The minister also pointed out that the lacklustre approach on the part of the people along with the highly pervasive omicron variant has led to this scenario.

Meantime, the state is looking to buy the ICMR kit approved for testing omicron presence in patients. It was also found that the majority of people who tested positive for Omicron do not lose their sense of smell and taste.

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