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Two more Covid-19 cases reported in Kerala; toll rises to 499

The two positive cases were reported from  Kannur and Wayanad, which is presently a Green Zone district according to the guidelines issued by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Eight persons have recovered out of which six are from Kannur while two are from Idukki.

With this, the total number of confirmed cases in the state has become 499. Of which, 96 are active cases.

There are a total of 21,894 people under observation in the state with 21,494 in home quarantine and 410 in hospitals.

So far, 31,183 samples were sent for tests,  of which 30,358 have been confirmed as negative.

Moreover, 2,093 samples from priority groups including health workers and other state labourers were sent for testing out of which 1,234 results came out negative.

There is addition in the total number of hotspots in the state today,  he said.

Talking about the Centre’s decision to extend lockdown till May 17, Chief Minister Pinarayi  Vijayan said the directives will be implemented taking into account the specific circumstances of the state. 

New guideline in this regard will be issued soon, he said.

The Chief Minister also said the restriction for public transport will continue in all the zones.

It is after 32 days that a new Covid case is reported in Wayanad district. With this,  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has given indication that the district will be brought under the Orange Zone category.

Alappuzha and Thrissur districts, which have not reported new Covid cases in the last 21 days,  will be brought under the category of Green Zones. Kottayam and Kannur will continue as Red Zone while the rest of ten districts under Orange zones, the Chief Minister said. 

As special restrictions in state, shops and vehicle movements wl shut down on Sundays, strict from next Sunday onwards. 

No of people at weddings restricted to only 20 instead of 50 as centre suggested. 

Barber shops and beauty parlors will remain shut in all zones. Bus services won’t resume even in green zones.

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