Thiruvananthapuram: The lockdown in Kerala has been extended till May 30 while the triple lockdown will continue in Malappuram district only.
“The average test positivity rate for the last three days is 23.3%. While the TPR is more in Malappuram, it is decreasing in other districts. Active cases are declining in all districts,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while addressing a press conference here this evening.
“Covid is still spreading. In the districts where triple lockdown was imposed, except in Malappuram, TPR has come down below 25% and the number of active cases has come down,” he said.
“Therefore, the triple lockdown will be exempted in Ernakulam, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram districts from tomorrow morning (May 22). Triple lockdown will continue in Malappuram while the regular lockdown will continue in all other districts,” the CM added.
“Ours is still one of the states with the highest number of reported cases in the country. We have been able to contain the number of deaths because we could slow down the rate of the disease spread.”
“Despite the declining number of cases, health experts say the death toll in Kerala is likely to rise in the coming days. The deaths happening now are a result of the infection that happened two to six weeks earlier when the outbreak was at its peak. That’s why the number of deaths is now increasing,” the CM added.
In the meantime, the priority category for vaccination of 18 to 44-year-olds has been reconstituted. Field staff in the Food and Civil Supplies Department, Food Corporation of India, Postal Department, Social Justice Department, Women and Child Welfare Department, and Animal Husbandry Department will be included in the priority category for vaccination along with Port employees.