No full lockdown in Kerala, only essential services on Jan 23-30, curbs based on category districts enter – KERALA – GENERAL
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Covid review meeting on Thursday decided that there will be no full shutdown in the state. Weekend confinements will also be avoided. Instead, lockdown like curbs will be enforced.
It was also decided to close schools completely. Previously, the decision was to close only grades 1-9. In the current Covid situation, only essential services will be allowed on January 23 and 30.
Mothers with children under the age of two working in government/private institutions, cancer patients and seriously ill people will be allowed to work from home. They must produce a medical certificate.
Institutions including businesses, malls, beaches, theme parks and tourist resorts must ensure there are no gatherings and that Covid standards are strictly adhered to. A disinfectant must be made available in these places.
An amount of Rs 22 crore was sanctioned for the districts from the Disaster Management Fund. In the current Covid situation, restrictions will be imposed by district depending on the number of people admitted to hospitals. The Ministry of Health should provide information on this to the district disaster management authority every Thursday. Based on this, the Disaster Management Authority will divide the districts into three groups – A, B and C. The Disaster Management Authority will announce this every Friday.
In category A, social, cultural, religious, community, political and public events, weddings and funerals can bring together up to 50 people.
Within the category, no social, cultural, religious, community, political or public events will be permitted. Religious worship must take place only online. A maximum of 20 people will be allowed for weddings and funerals.
No social, cultural, religious, political, community, political or public events will be permitted in Category C. Religious worship must take place online only. A maximum of 20 people will be allowed for weddings and funerals. Cinemas, swimming pools and gymnasiums will not be allowed to operate. All classes (including Tuition Centers), except final year undergraduate and postgraduate classes and classes 10 and up two, are permitted online only. This does not apply if residential educational facilities operate on a bio-bubble model.
At present, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kollam districts are in category A. Palakkad, Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts are in category B. There are currently no category districts. vs.
The CM said there was a need for statewide vigilance as the new Omicron variant was spreading rapidly. Most infected people are at home. Telemedicine should therefore be widely available. Local self-government bodies can play an important role in this regard. Health workers have been specially trained to provide home care for those who stay at home. Ward-level committees should focus on homes and ensure facilities for patients.
The exact criteria for admission to medical faculty hospitals should be defined. Only seriously ill patients should be admitted.
The Chief Minister directed the Ministry of Health to recruit those who had previously served in the Covid Brigade as needed.
The cooperation of private hospitals should be ensured. Make sure patients are admitted there. The use of 108 ambulances should be maximized.
The meeting decided that the seven-day special occasional leave granted to persons on the main contact list should not be authorized.
Special schools should not close. These schools will only have to close when a cluster forms there.
Appropriate adjustments should be made in the case of non-Covid patients. A Covid War Room will operate at the Secretariat. Teachers must be present at school when online classes begin. This is important as this is the last phase of the academic year. Reserve accommodation facilities may be started according to district requirements. Medicines and test kits should not be missing.
Sectoral Magistrates can be appointed in the places where the clusters are formed. Construction work can be done while maintaining social distancing.
Necessary adjustments should be made in accordance with Covid standards to prevent disease transmission by sitting and eating. But family members must have dinner together.
The district collectors were empowered to impose restrictions in the districts based on the particular circumstances of the respective areas. The chief minister said at the meeting that collectors can decide this in consultation with the chief secretary.