Kerala: Extended lockdown till May 23

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the restrictions need to continue as the test positivity rate is remaining high at 26.41 per cent.

In Kerala, the State Government has extended lockdown till 23rd of May as COVID cases continue to surge.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the restrictions need to continue as the test positivity rate is remaining high at 26.41 per cent.

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Triple lockdown is declared in four districts Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram. Chief Minister said that the effects of the state-wide lockdown,that began on May 8, are expected to be visible in the next couple of weeks.

The month of May is very crucial in restricting the spread of the pandemic. He further said the state doesn’t have any oxygen shortage as of now and the Oxygen Express sent by the Centre will arrive in the state soon.

The vaccination process for people of age group 18 to 44 years will begin from Monday. The State Government also decides to lessen the prices for COVID related essential equipments. Meanwhile, 34,694 new COVID cases were reported yesterday.

Ninety three more deaths were also confirmed due to COVID. Over 31,000 people recovered from the infection. Presently, over 4,42,000 active cases are there in the state.

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