Complete lockdown is not under consideration, says Kerala govt

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government revealed that a complete statewide lockdown is not under consideration even when the COVID spread surges in the state. The Minister of Health Veena George stated that the state has to proceed with its economic activities. However, the declared restrictions will be made stringent and each person should act accordingly to maintain a condition without lockdown.

Direction has been given to initiate full fledged services of COVID First Line Treatment Centres (CFLTC). Information regarding this has been handed over to the district collectors and district health chiefs, said the Minister.

The government is not considering to proclaim restrictions similar to a lockdown as it will adversely affect the lives of the public. A specific period of quarantine is necessary for those who come from abroad and it was administered by following the guidelines of the central government.

These guidelines issued for the people who reach India from abroad were recently renewed by the Ministry of Health. All the visitors have to undertake a compulsory quarantine of seven days. Children below 5 years of age are exempted from the COVID tests carried out just before and after the travel. But a test shall be conducted if the child showed any symptoms of COVID during quarantine.

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