Kerala continues to witness overcrowding, public programmes amid COVID-19 spike

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Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, a huge number of events are conducted in the state by violating social distancing norms. Though the COVID test positivity rate crossed 30 per cent on Sunday, no action was taken to curb overcrowding in the state. According to reports, over 500 people attended various programmes on Sunday.

Meanwhile, conferences of various political parties have fallen under criticism over the violation of the COVID protocol. A few days back, two CPM members who attended the district conference tested positive for COVID-19 in Thiruvananthapuram. After facing criticism, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan explained that the party strictly followed the COVID-19 protocol at the conference.

Over 300 women participated in the Kudumbashree ADS election held on Sunday in Thiruvananthapuram. As per reports, social distancing norms and other COVID preventive measures were strictly followed during the elections. Such events are being held despite the government banning the participation of more than 50 people in all programmes.

At the same time, more than 500 people attended BJP’s ‘Janakeeya Kootayma’ (public gathering) at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam and Muthalakulam in Kozhikode. It is learnt that over 100 people participated in the event held in Kozhikode. Nobody followed COVID protocol at these events. The participants were seen roaming around without masks and violating social distance norms. In Kozhikode, BJP state chief K Surendran inaugurated the programme.

On the other day, health minister Veena George alerted the public to exercise caution as the COVID-19 cases are expected to go up in the next 3 weeks. But the political parties are continuing to organise events by ignoring this warning.

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