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Kerala Imposes Sunday Curfew For 2 Weeks As Its COVID Cases Reach All-time High

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Mumbai: After Kerala reported its highest-ever daily COVID-19 tally of 46,387 cases on Thursday, the state government imposed a Sunday curfew for the next two weeks, i.e., on January 23 and 30 and only emergency services will be allowed to function on the next two Sundays.  Also Read: Delhi Govt’s Proposal To Lift Weekend COVID-19 Curfew Rejected By LG

The government has said that among government employees, women who have children below the age of two years, cancer patients and people with serious illnesses will be allowed to work from home. Also Read: COVID-19: India’s 72 pc Adults Fully Vaccinated, 52 pc in 15-18 Age Group Jabbed With 1st Dose, Says Centre

Across the state, all classes will be conducted online except for final year postgraduate courses and students of Plus 1 and Plus 2. Residential schools can conduct physical classes if they are operating under the bio-bubble concept. Also Read: Can You See Any Other Face?: Priyanka On Being Congress’ UP CM Candidate

Crowds will not be allowed in public places like malls, beaches tourist places and districts classified in the ‘A’ category. The number of people at weddings, funerals and other public gatherings has been limited to 50. As of today, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kollam districts are in the category ‘A’.

No public function will be allowed in places that have been classified as the ‘B’ category. Religious events must take place online, and weddings and funerals can be attended by up to 20 people. Palakkad Idukki, Wayanad, Pathanamthitta and Thiruvananthapuram are in the ‘B’ category.

On Thursday, the state recorded 46,387 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, taking the total caseload to 54,87,898.

According to the data provided by the health department, 43,529 COVID-19 cases were reported as of May 12, 2021, which is the highest number of infections in the state so far.

The health department said the state tested 1,15,357 samples in the last 24 hours and there are 1,99,041 active COVID-19 cases. 341 people died in Kerala on Thursday, taking the death toll to 51,501.

Of the deaths reported today, 32 were recorded in the last few days and 309 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving an appeal based on the Centre’s new guidelines and the Supreme Court’s directions.

Meanwhile, 15,388 people recovered from the infection on Thursday, taking the total number of those cured to 52,59,594.

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