Strict Covid Curbs In Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu Amid Southern Surge; Others Too Impose Restrictions

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Kerala came under a complete lockdown and Tamil Nadu announced a two-week shutdown on Saturday, a day after Karnataka declared stringent restrictions from May 10 to May 24, as the devastating second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) tightened grip on India’s southern states.

Kerala decided to impose nine days of curbs as weekend restrictions and other measures taken earlier by the state failed to create a desired impact. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state was facing more challenges in the second wave.

•Kerala recorded 41,971 fresh cases on Saturday, as its Covid-19 tally reached 18,66,827. The toll hit 5,746 with 64 new fatalities, while active cases stood at 4.17 lakh.

•Only essential services are exempt during the shutdown in Kerala and people have been strictly warned against coming out in public places or travelling unnecessarily. All borders are under the strict surveillance of the police.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin said a total lockdown beginning May 10 had to be clamped due to a sharp increase in daily infections. “The total lockdown will be enforced from 4am on May 10 to 4am on May 24 to further intensify the efforts to curb the spread of the disease,” he said. Puducherry is already under lockdown till May 10.

•Tamil Nadu reported its biggest single-day spike of Covid-19 cases and fatalities on Saturday, with 27,397 infections and 241 deaths. The total case count reached 13.51 lakh and the toll stood at 15,412. The state touched the new high just a day after logging a record 26,465 cases and 197 deaths.

•A medical bulletin said 23,110 people were discharged on Saturday, taking that tally to 11,96,549 and leaving 1,39,401 active cases in the state. Chennai accounted for most number of new infections at 6,846, totalling 3,83,644 till date. Fatalities in the city stood at 5,153.

•Among the 241 deceased on Saturday, 61 did not have any comorbidities. Altogether 13 people who tested positive on Saturday were returnees from various destinations, the bulletin said.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa announced lockdown-like restrictions on Friday, tightening curbs in the southern state from May 10 to May 24 in view of spiralling Covid-19 cases. There was already a curfew in place in the state from April 27, which was to end on May 12. All shops and commercial establishments, hotels, pubs and bars will remain closed during this period. Essential goods and services like food, medicine, milk, fruits and vegetables will be available from 6 am to 10 am.

OTHER STATES

•Andhra Pradesh has announced a partial lockdown from 12 noon to 6 am from May 6 for two weeks. It had earlier imposed a night curfew. Telangana has extended its night curfew till May 15.

•In the northeast, the Mizoram government has announced a seven-day complete lockdown from May 10.

•Delhi has been under a lockdown since April 19; it has been extended till May 10.

•Haryana is under a seven-day lockdown from May 3. Earlier, a weekend curfew was enforced in nine districts.

•Bihar, on May 4, imposed a lockdown till May 15.

•Uttar Pradesh has extended restrictions till 7am on May 10.

•Odisha is under a 14-day lockdown from May 5 till May 19.

•Rajasthan has decided to implement a strict lockdown from May 10 to 24, though curbs have been in place since last month.

•Jharkhand has extended lockdown-like restrictions till May 13. The restrictions were first imposed on April 22 as “Health Safety Week”.

•Chhattisgarh has announced a weekend lockdown, while earlier allowing district collectors to extend local lockdowns till May 15.

•Punjab has imposed extensive curbs, in addition to measures such as a weekend lockdown and night curfew till May 15.

•The Chandigarh administration, too, has imposed weekend lockdowns.

•Madhya Pradesh has imposed a “Janta curfew” till May 15 with only essential services allowed.

•Gujarat has imposed a night curfew (from 8pm to 6am) and other day-time restrictions in 36 cities till May 12.

•Maharashtra imposed lockdown-like curbs on April 5, coupled with restrictions on the movement of people. The curbs were later extended till May 15. Local lockdowns in districts such as Latur and Solapur have been imposed, and curbs tightened in Amravati, Akola and Yavatmal.

•Medical shops, grocery stores and standalone liquor shops are allowed to remain open from 7 am till 1 pm during the 15-day curfew in Goa. The curbs will come into force on May 9, the state said on Saturday.

•West Bengal has since last week imposed extensive curbs, including a ban on all kinds of gatherings.

•Assam has decided to advance its night curfew timing to 6pm from the current 8 pm with restrictions imposed on the movement of people at public places from Wednesday.

•Nagaland has imposed a partial lockdown with stricter rules from April 30 to May 14.

•The Mizoram government has announced seven-day complete lockdown from 4 am on May 10 to 4 pm of May 17.

•Arunachal Pradesh has imposed night curfew (from 6.30 pm to 5 am) for the entire month starting Saturday.

•The Manipur government has imposed curfew in seven districts from May 8 till May 17.

•Sikkim has imposed lockdown-like restrictions till May 16.

•The Jammu and Kashmir administration has extended the lockdown in four districts of Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu till May 10, while Samba will see similar restrictions. A night curfew continues in all municipal/urban local body limits of all 20 districts.

•Uttarakhand has re-imposed several restrictions including night curfew. •Himachal Pradesh has imposed a “corona curfew” from May 7 to May 16.

GRIM NUMBERS

Maharashtra has the maximum number of active cases at 6.57 lakh, followed by Karnataka (5.37 lakh), Kerala (4.03 lakh), Uttar Pradesh (2.54 lakh), and Rajasthan (1.99 lakh). The other states having large active cases are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar.

A record 4,187 Covid-19 fatalities in a day took India’s death toll to 2,38,270, while 4,01,078 new infections were reported in 24 hours, pushing the tally of cases to 2,18,92,676, according to the Union health ministry data on Saturday morning. The 4,187 new fatalities include 898 from Maharashtra, 592 from Karnataka, 372 from Uttar Pradesh, 341 from Delhi, 208 from Chhattisgarh and 197 from Tamil Nadu.

Ten states accounted for 70.77% of the new cases in the last 24 hours, out of which Maharashtra reported the highest daily new cases at 54,022, followed by Karnataka (48,781) and Kerala (38,460). Among the remaining seven states and Union Territories with high daily new cases are Uttar Pradesh (27,763), Tamil Nadu (26,465) and Delhi (19,832).

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