Surge in Covid cases; Govt decides to make quarantine mandatory for other state returnees
Thiruvananthapuram: With the increasing number of Covid cases in the state, the government has taken measures to tighten the restrictions. Police have been instructed to take action against those not wearing masks properly and not maintaining social distance.
If social distancing is not maintained in shops and markets strict action will be taken.
On Thursday, 236 cases were registered for violating Covid protocol. 57 were arrested and 4 vehicles were seized. 862 persons were fined for not wearing masks.
If people coming from other states are staying for more than seven days in the Kerala, they have to undergo quarantine for first seven days. On the 8th day, RT-PCR test should be conducted. If returning within 7 days from Kerala, there is no need for quarantine.
The earlier guidelines regarding foreign returnees and other state returnees will continue, said chief secretary Dr VP Joy.
The government has also decided to increase the number of tests conducted daily. It is evaluated that only 10.76 percent of the population in the state have tested positive for Covid till date.
Meanwhile, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and former chief minister Oommen Chandy tested positive for Covid on Thursday.