Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced that the state-wide lockdown is being extended till May 30. The ongoing restrictions were enforced on May 8 after high surge in daily coronavirus cases.
Sharing Covid-19 daily update of the state, the chief minister further informed that the state has reported 29,673 cases in preceding 24-hour.
“Lockdown is being extended by one more week till May 30. It was about to expire on May 23. Today, Kerala saw 29,673 new Covid-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 22.22%. Kerala is among states reporting a high number of cases,” Vijayan said in a Covid-19 press briefing, adding that there were 142 coronavirus-related deaths in the state on Friday. “The case fatality rate is very low, at 0.4% as against the national average of 1.40%,” the chief minister further said.
The state-wide shutdown was announced on May 6 and was expected to last till May 16. However, last week, the chief minister announced extension of the lockdown till May 23.
Meanwhile, the government has eased triple lockdown restrictions in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Thrissur following a marginal drop in new cases. However, triple lockdown in Malappuram will remain in force.
As per the state health bulletin, as many as 29,673 new COVID19 cases, 41,032 recoveries and 142 deaths were recorded on Friday. With the new additions, the total recoveries stand at 19,79,919 and the death toll touched 6,994.
Currently, the active number of cases in the state stand at 3,06,346. A total of 1,33,558 samples were tested during the last 24 hours, the health bulletin added.