Kerala: Political parties continue to host rallies, protest marches despite Covid-19 restrictions

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Thiruvananthapuram: Despite the rise in Covid-19 cases in the state, the restrictions announced by the state government seem limited only to functions like funerals and marriages. The political parties continue to host rallies and protests violating the curbs due to a lack of initiative from the concerned authorities in enforcing curbs.

Shopping malls and public events are witnessing large attendance following the lift of restrictions placed during the new year period.

The inauguration of the overbridge in Edappal was attended by a large number of people. Recently held CPM Thiruvananthapuram district conference also witnessed a direct violation of Covid-19 restrictions with over 550 party members participating in the 'Thiruvathira' dance held as a part of the programme. CPM district conferences also pull a crowd.

Tamil Nadu and other neighbouring states have tightened restrictions. Though the Chief Minister and other officials have decided to attend programs through online mode, events like party conferences continue to be held in public places.

With the opening of educational institutions across the state, the KSRTC buses are overcrowded due to limited services. There are also concerns about whether educational institutions, including schools and colleges, will become Covid-19 clusters. The government itself has confirmed that a nursing college in Pathanamthitta has become an Omicron cluster on Wednesday.

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