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Kerala: Govt declares more relaxations in lockdown measures from June 17

Kerala Government declares more relaxations in lockdown measures from June 17th. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the second wave of the pandemic is under control in the State.

Mr Vijayan said that local bodies will be classified according to the intensity of the COVID infection. Areas that have recorded TPR less than 8 per cent in the last seven days will have more relaxations. All shops and essential commodity stores are allowed to open every day. Agriculture activities, Akshaya Centres, Bars can also be opened. Central and State Government offices can provide their services every day.

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However State Government offices should only have 25 per cent of the staff who work on a rotation basis. Banks will continue to function only three days a week. Restrictions regarding public gatherings will remain unchanged with a maximum of 20 people in marriages and funerals. No other public programmes will be permitted. Malls, theatres and other indoor activities are also not allowed. Restaurants can continue with home delivery and takeaway services.

Areas where TPR is between 8 and 20 per cent will have more restrictions and only essential commodity stores will be opened in localities that have more than 20 per cent of TPR. Triple Lockdown measures are implemented in regions that have TPR of 30 per cent. The Chief Minister has said that the infection rate in local bodies will be revised on a weekly basis and more relaxations are declared with further decline in the figures.

Meanwhile, the State has recorded 12,246 fresh cases of COVID today, with test positivity rate marking at 11.76 per cent. More than 13,000 persons were recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the active caseload of the State to 1,12,361. The total death toll of the State has reached 11,508 with 166 deaths confirmed today. A total of 1,04,120 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

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