No lockdown; testing to be increased in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government decided to test 2.5 lakh people in the state for COVID-19 between April 16 and 17.

Speaking to reporters, Chief Secretary V.P Joy stated that there is no need for a lockdown in the state.  He added that the Covid restrictions will be increased in the state. Steps such as extensive testing, strict containment and restrictions besides effective vaccination would also be taken to control the spread. 

The testing will be conducted based on priority. Those in high risk categories will be tested on priority basis. More testing will be conducted on those below 45 years of age will also be tested.

He also said the number of people who can attend indoor functions has been brought down to 75 from the earlier 100 and for outdoor events, to 150 from the earlier 200. Home delivery system should be widened.

Shops, theatres and bars should function only till 9 pm, he added.