Shops can open on Monday in triple lockdown areas; govt eases restrictions in state as part of Bakrid; Kerala records 16,148 COVID-19 cases on Saturday,114 deaths

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that there is a rapid spread of Covid in the state. “The death rate in Kerala has been controlled. It is expected that 70 percent of people will be vaccinated in 23 months.The vaccine provided by the Centre was used by the state without waste”, he said.

The CM also said that shops would be open on Monday as part of Bakrid in areas including where there is a triple lockdown. Electronic shops and other repair shops will be allowed in A and B category areas. It will be allowed to open from Monday to Friday. Up to 40 people will be admitted to the places of worship during special days. The CM said that only those who have received the first dose of the vaccine will be allowed to do so.

Film shooting will be allowed in A and B category places. But there will be strict control. Only those who have taken at least one dose of vaccine can work. The government has also given permission to open hostels for engineering and polytechnics.

The state confirmed 16,148 COVID-19 cases on Saturday. Among these, 15,269 persons developed the disease through contact, including 742 cases without an identified source of infection. 62 persons, who came from outside the state, tested positive for the virus. 75 health workers contracted the disease on Saturday.

13,197 patients tested negative for the virus today. As of now, there are 1,24,779 active cases in the state.

The state confirmed 114 deaths due to the virus on Saturday with the toll rising to 15,269.

District wise breakup of positive cases:

<p>Kozhikode 2105, Malappuram 2033, Ernakulam 1908, Thrissur 1758, Kollam 1304, Palakkad 1140, Kannur 1084, Thiruvananthapuram 1025, Kottayam 890, Alappuzha 866, Kasaragod 731, Pathanamthitta 500, Wayanad 494, Idukki 310.

1,50,108 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate stands at 10.76.

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