Kerala The government has decided to impose a full 9-day lockdown as the weekend restrictions imposed earlier failed to bring the desired reduction in cases of infection. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state is facing more challenges in the second wave. According to the state government, 41,971 new cases of infection were reported in Kerala on Saturday, taking the total number of epidemic cases in the state to 18,66,827. At the same time, after the death of 64 more people due to infection, the death toll has gone up to 5,746. The number of cases currently under trial in Kerala is 4.17 lakh.
Essential services in Kerala have been exempted from lockdown and people have been warned of stern action if they exit unnecessarily. Police has increased patrolling. All the major temples in the state are closed. The police is keeping a tight vigil on all the borders and only the cargo vehicles and vehicles allowed by the officers are being allowed to pass through the check posts.
At the same time, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that due to the presence of about 25 thousand cases of infection in the state daily, there was a need to impose a complete lockdown. He said, “To further strengthen efforts to prevent the spread of the disease, full lockdown will remain in force from 4 am on May 10 to May 24 at four in the morning.”
Andhra Pradesh had announced a partial lockdown with a curfew for two weeks from May 6. The state had imposed a night curfew earlier. Telangana has extended the night curfew till May 15. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have a large number of under-trial cases. This figure is the highest in Maharashtra at 6.57 lakh cases. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar also have a large number of under-trial cases. Many states have already announced steps such as lockdown or corona curfew.
In the northeastern states, the Mizoram government has announced a full seven-day lockdown from May 10, while Sikkim has imposed lockdown-like restrictions until May 16. There is a lockdown in Delhi from 19 April. The last time it was extended till May 10. There is a seven-day lockdown in Haryana from May 3. Earlier, weekend curfew was imposed in nine districts of the state. There is a lockdown in Bihar from May 4 to May 15. Uttar Pradesh has extended the duration of weekend lockdown till 7 am on May 10. There is a lockdown in Odisha from May 5 to 19.
At the same time, Rajasthan has decided to put a strict lockdown from 10 to 14 May. Jharkhand has extended the lockdown-like ban till May 13. Chhattisgarh has announced weekend lockdown. Punjab has announced steps like weekend lockdown and night curfew till May 15. Chandigarh administration has also put a weekend lockdown. ‘Janata curfew’ is in force till May 15 in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this, restrictions like lockdown or night curfew are applicable in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Sikkim.
Jammu and Kashmir has extended lockdown till May 10 in four districts and night curfew will continue in the areas under all 20 districts. Uttarakhand has also imposed many restrictions. Himachal Pradesh has imposed lockdown or ‘corona curfew’ from May 7 to 16.