Despite Kerala in a Lockdown until May 23 and triple lockdown imposed in four districts of Thrissur, Ernakulam and Malappuram, the second Pinarayi government is for an elaborate swearing in ceremony on May 20.
The government is learned to make relaxations in the Government order on Covid restrictions for allowing more than 700 people even as the people are asked to avoid crowding in open places.
While the government is going ahead with the mega swearing in at the time of Covid 19 restrictions, protests have started to pour in from many quarters. The Indian Medical Association, Kerala Chapter, urged the new Government to hold a virtual swearing in ceremony.
The IMA said that violation of Covid 19 restrictions and norms during the time of election campaign was one of the main reasons for the spread of second wave of Covid in the state.
In a statement, IMA state president Dr Zacharias P T and Secretary Dr P Gopikumar said that the second Pinarayi government was coming to power upholding scientific temper and understanding the will of people.
As such, the swearing in ceremony if held in a virtual platform, avoiding the gathering of people, will give a strong message of fight againstCOVID-19, the Indian Medical Association said. Meanwhile, the doctors also appreciated the Pinarayi Government for extending the lockdown to May 23.
The swearing in is scheduled at the Central Stadium, a stone’s throw from the State Secretariat. With the Government announcing a grant swearing in ceremony, a lot of people have taken to the social media, asking the government to have a virtual ceremony only in the wake of increasing Covid cases.
lock down extended
Kerala, which is under a lock down till May 16 will further see an extended lock down till May 23, a decision which was taken on Friday. Pinarayi Vijayan said that health experts have pointed out that month of May was crucial. Lockdown measures n some of the Northern states have helped in bringing the down cases, he said.