Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday noted that the Delta variant of coronavirus and its new mutant are there, hence utmost caution has to be exercised by all and there should be no callous attitude shown post the easing of lockdown norms.
With regards to opening of religious places, a final decision will be taken on Tuesday, he said.
Since Thursday, there has been a graded lifting of lockdown, depending on the incidence of Covid cases in each local body in the state.
The state has been divided into four categories based on the test positivity rate and on Friday, there were six local bodies with a test positivity rate of above 30 per cent.
"There has been a talk of a third wave and experts points out that it could affect our children. We have made elaborate arrangements in all hospitals to ensure that proper paediatric care facilities are there, but there need be no fear about it. We are only making things ready," added Vijayan. IANS