Complete lockdown in Kerala on July 24, 25; Govt orders mass Covid testing

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has decided to extend its previous order and impose a complete lockdown on the coming weekend, July 24 and 25. It has also ordered for a mass testing campaign which is slated to be held tomorrow (Friday), with a special focus on districts where the seven-day test positivity rate (TPR) is above 10 per cent.

The government has also asked district collectors to identify and demarcate micro-containment zones in all districts.

“The Health and Family Welfare Department is directed to conduct a mass testing campaign on Friday, 23rd July 2021 with a target of 3 lakh tests across Kerala with special focus on Districts where the seven-day average TPR is above 10%. Further, the number of daily tests shall also be enhanced urgently to the peak testing capacity for the effective containment of the pandemic,” stated the order.

Earlier, the state government had relaxed the Covid-19 restrictions in Kerala for three days from July 18 to July 20 in view of Bakri Eid celebrations.


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