Coronavirus: A Slew Of New Rules In Kerala, Triple Lockdown In Thiruvananthapuram

Meryl Sebastian
A staff member walks inside an empty classroom of a school after Kerala government ordered the closure of schools across the state, March 12, 2020. 

Kerala government has announced a slew of measure over the last two days, as the state recorded a big jump in COVID-19 cases, particularly in its capital of Thiruvananthapuram.

On Sunday, a triple lockdown was imposed in Thiruvananthapuram corporation limits as the state reported 225 new COVID-19 patients, taking the total number of active cases to 2,228.

Thiruvananthapuram currently has 107 patients under treatment, of which 38 were reported in the last ten days. 

As a result of the lockdown, Kerala University declared the cancellation of all its exams. The draw of state lottery has also been postponed.

The Kerala government has also made it mandatory for the public to adhere to a set of COVID-19 safety guidelines for the next one year through an amendment brought to the Epidemic Diseases Act.

The regulations will remain in effect till July 2021. District Collectors have been instructed to ensure due compliance of the regulations.Those who violate the rules shall be penalised under the provisions of the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020.

Meanwhile, the state board is considering cutting down the syllabus for students up to class 10, Manorama reported. CBSE has cut its syllabus for classes 9-12 by 30% while the ICSE has cut by 25% for Class 10 and 12.

The new regulations

According to the regulations, all persons shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or face cover in all public places, work places, any place where public have access, all kinds of vehicles and during transport.

“All persons shall maintain a social distance of six feet between person to person in all public places and functions...In all wedding ceremonies and functions thereafter the maximum number of participants at a time shall not exceed 50 people,” it read.

Not more than 20 people would be allowed at shops and funerals.

No get together, processions, dharna, congregation, demonstration shall be held without the written permission of the authorities concerned.

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