Covid curbs likely to be revised; weekend lockdown may be limited to Sunday
Thiruvananthapuram: The weekend lockdown restrictions in the state are likely to be revised. The government has received recommendations restricting weekend lockdown to Sundays only. The review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will be held on Tuesday afternoon. The final decision on the issue will be taken in this meeting.
The government assessed that the implementation of TPR-based regulations in local bodies was not practical and effective. Therefore, the orders are issued based on the data gathered at various levels by a committee of health experts and the Chief Secretary level. One of the key recommendations is to avoid curbs based on TPR and implement restrictions in the micro-containment zones or areas where there are more patients.
It has also been proposed to allow shops to open on six days a week. So that, people will get more time and reduce overcrowding and maintain social distance. Many criticisms arose that implementation of a two-day weekend lockdown after allowing shops to open for five days was not useful. Therefore, it is recommended that the government shall limit the lockdown to Sunday only.
The panel of experts has observed that Covid treatment from households is not effective. Therefore, the Chief Secretary's Committee has recommended that those diagnosed with Covid be transferred from home to hospital until they test negative. The final decision in this regard will be taken only after considering the potential of the existing health systems.