Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Minister for Co- Operation, Tourism and Devaswom Kadakampally Surendran said that institutional quarantine centres will be opened in panchayat level.
He also informed that MLAs and ministers have decided to stay away from participating in ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.
The minister was addressing the media after a meeting with the collector, DMO and MLAs in the district.
"It has been decided to open at least one quarantine centre in panchayat level. Presently, room quarantine is allowed for houses that have separate rooms. Panchayat should arrange institutional quarantine for those who cannot arrange room quarantine on their own," the minister said.
Also it has been decided that the MLAs and ministers should avoid attending all functions other than wedding/funeral ceremonies of very close relatives during the COVID times, he added.
As an auto rickshaw driver in Thiruvananthapuram was diagnosed with COVID-19, people who travel in auto rickshaws should note down the name of the driver and number of the auto rickshaw. Those who travel in taxis and online taxis such as Uber and Ola also should follow the same. This will help trace the people who came in contact with the COVID positive persons, the minister said.
Strikes and protests with more than 10 participants should not be conducted. It has been requested to the government that this should be strictly implemented.
Many visitors keep coming to the medical college, general and taluk hospitals in the district. Only one bystander is allowed in hospitals. All other unnecessary visitors including relatives in hospitals will be banned, the minister added.