Kerala to impose complete lockdown on weekend due to rising COVID-19 infections

Complete lockdown will be imposed in Kerala on July 31 and 1 August amid surge in new COVID-19 infections in the state.

The Centre is sending a 6-member team to Kerala.  The team headed by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director S K Singh will reach Kerala Friday and visit some districts reporting a high case positivity rate, the Health Ministry Mansukh Mandaviya said in a statement.

He further said – “As a large number of COVID-19 cases are still being reported in Kerala, the team will aid the state’s ongoing efforts in COVID management.”

Kerala has been recording an increasing number of new cases. With an active cases of 1.54 lakh as of latest update, Kerala accounts for 37.1 percent of the total active cases in the country.

Average daily cases being reported in the state are above 17,443. Six districts are reporting more than 10 per cent weekly positivity, the statement stated.

Kerala has 1,49,534 active cases at present, a state government release said.