Containment zones in Kerala to remain under strict lockdown

Thiruvananthapuram: In line with the Centre's guidelines, the Kerala government extended the lockdown in containment zones till June 30, but eased curbs in many sectors, including allowing indoor film and television shoots and inter-district bus services, as the state reported 57 fresh COVID-19 cases.

In an order, it said no inter-state public transport was allowed and the movement of people by all other modes of transport would be regulated only through the pass issued under the COVID-19 'jagratha' portal.

"Business travellers, technical/professional personnel coming for work and those returning from Kerala within a week are exempted from the provisions of quarantine," the order signed by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta said.

Earlier, the government made it clear outdoor shooting will not be allowed and schools will reopen onlyby July end, as the accademic session-- both schools and colleges, began online. With COVID-19 cases seeing a spike every day, it said gathering of people cannot be allowed as there was need to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vjayan said the total positive cases till now has touched 1,326, of which 708 people are undergoing treatment in various hospitals and 608 have recovered, including 18 discharged on Monday.

A Gulf-returnee, who tested positive for COVID-19 recently, died at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital on Sunday night, taking the total number of fatalities in the state to ten, he told reporters.

Of the fresh cases, 55 had come from abroad and other states, while over 1.39 lakh people were under observation. An Air India Express employee and health worker were among those who tested positive. Desk: Asianet Online