Thiruvananthapuram: Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that lockdown cannot be withdrawn in the state capital as the number of COVID cases keeps increasing. The minister was addressing the media after the high-level meeting held to discuss the lockdown relaxations here. He added that though restrictions will continue, a few relaxations to make normal life possible will be allowed.
The final decision regarding the relaxations in lockdown restrictions will be taken after a discussion with the chief secretary on Tuesday evening. Presently, the lockdown in the district cannot be lifted. Thiruvananthapuram has the highest number of patients in the state. There are over 2800 COVID patients here. However, the people of the district are facing several issues. Some relaxations should be allowed to resolve them, the minister added.
Strict action will be taken in the containment zones and relaxations will be allowed in other places. The final decision in this regard will be taken after the meeting this evening. Thiruvananthapuram Mayor K Sreekumar had said on Monday that restrictions should continue in the areas where triple lockdown is imposed and relaxations can be given in other places.
Meanwhile, the increase in COVID transmission rate in Pozhiyoor and Parassala has raised concerns. A total of 33 people were diagnosed with COVID in Parassala the other day. The limited community clusters in Parassala and Pozhiyoor are likely to be turned into large clusters shortly.
As Parassala is a border area, the contact with Tamil Nadu is considered as the major reason for the high transmission rate here. In this context, withdrawing lockdown in the district will result in serious consequences. Following this, it was decided in the meeting that the current lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram need not be withdrawn for the time being, the minister said.