COVID-19 restrictions set to be stepped up in Kerala’s capital

The district-level COVID-19 review meeting, which took stock of the evolving pandemic situation, noted the scant consideration given to the recent set of guidelines issued by the district administration. This prompted the authorities to strictly enforce the standards and take legal action against violators.

Restrictions are set to return to the capital district after a hiatus as the government sounded the alarm over the unchecked surge in COVID-19 cases.

The district-level COVID-19 review meeting, which took stock of the evolving pandemic situation, noted the scant consideration given to the recent set of guidelines issued by the district administration. This prompted authorities to strictly enforce the standards and initiate legal action against violators.

“The district has witnessed a widespread violation of COVID-19 related restrictions. In such circumstances, the police and tax authorities have been instructed to strictly enforce the standards. Also, no more than 50 people will be allowed to attend weddings and funerals,” Transport Minister Antony Raju said in a press briefing following the meeting.

The minister said entry to shopping malls and other commercial establishments will also be restricted in a way that allowed one person per 25 square feet. Locals. Pointing out that the government has postponed all planned meetings and public functions, Raju said some organizations have yet to follow suit. Action will be taken against organizers and participants in such cases, he warned.

The district currently has 35 COVID-19 clusters, many of which have formed in hospitals and colleges. Seven COVID-19 frontline treatment centers have been opened in different parts of the district.

The meeting also laid out a host of proposals, including reducing attendance levels at government offices and closing schools and colleges until the COVID-19 surge subsides. A final decision will be taken by the high-level COVID-19 committee chaired by the chief minister, Raju stressed.

Given the growing number of infected healthcare workers, the review meeting also called for deploying more workers to avert a possible crisis in hospitals. The government had recently disbanded the COVID-19 brigade which had played an important role in running COVID-19 frontline treatment centers as well as vaccination centers.

District Collector Navjot Khosa chaired the meeting. Minister of Food and Civil Supplies GR Anil, Mayor Arya Rajendran, City Police Commissioner G. Sparjan Kumar, District Police Chief (Thiruvananthapuram Rural) Divya S. Gopinath, senior officials of health and income were also involved.