With more people coming back to the State and new covid cases increasing, Kerala today, June 11, came out with a new set of guidelines for quarantine and also redefined the rules for declaring new containment zones.
The persons coming from abroad can go home after giving an affidavit but they will have to follow the quarantine conditions strictly, according to the new quarantine guidelines. Pointing out that 63.63 per cent of those coming back to Kerala from other states are from Red Zones, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram that the quarantine guidelines are being revised as per the recommendation of the Expert Committee.
He said that legal action against those who violate quarantine rules. Those who register on the Covid Jagratha portal should give an affidavit about home quarantine. They can choose their own house or any other suitable house, the Chief Minister said. . “The LSG bodies should make sure that they have enough facilities at home for quarantine. Institutional quarantine is only for those who don’t have such a facility at home. Paid quarantine is for those who opt to stay in hotels,” Vijayan said.
The LSG body will inspect the house based on the affidavit and approve home quarantine or institutional quarantine or paid quarantine, if found inadequate. The approval should be communicated to the concerned Local Self Government, Police, Covid Care Centre Nodal Officer and District Collector.
The Chief Minister also said that containment Zone will be notified every night before 12. “In the Panchayats, the Containment Zone may be declared at the Ward level and in Corporation, at the Sub Ward Level. They can be defined at a very local level based on the number of positive cases for people under quarantine, primary contacts and secondary contacts. Initially, the containment zone will be declared for seven days which can be extended after review by the District Collector,” he said.
Kerala today reported 83 new coronavirus cases. Of these, 27 persons came from abroad (UAE-11, Oman-4, Nigeria-4, Kuwait-3, Saudi Arabia-2, Russia-2 & Djibouti-1) and 37 who came back from other states (Maharashtra-20, Delhi-7, Tamil Nadu-4, Karnataka-4, Madhya Pradesh-1 and West Bengal-1) are among those who tested positive. Fourteen people got infected through primary contact. In Thrissur, four are Corporation cleaning staff and four are warehouse headload workers. Five health workers also got infected.
The district-wise details of positive cases are: 25 people in Thrissur district, 13 from Palakkad district, ten each in Malappuram and Kasargod districts, eight from Kollam district, seven in Kannur district, five from Pathanamthitta district, two each in Ernakulam and Kottayam districts, and one in Kozhikode district.
Till now, there are 2,244 confirmed Covid cases in the State and 1,258 patients are now under treatment (active cases). A total of 2,18,949 people are under observation in various districts of the state. Of these, 2,17,027 are under house / institutional quarantine and 1,922 are in hospitals. 231 people were admitted to the hospital today.
Two new places in Palakkad district were declared as hotspots today while 35 areas have been excluded from the list. Presently, there are 133 hotspots in Kerala.
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