The Kerala government on May 14 announced that the total lockdown being enforced in the state from May 8 to May 16 will be extended till May 23 to contain the massive spread of COVID-19.
The decision to extend the lockdown was taken in view of high test positivity rates in districts, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The chief minister said the effects of the state-wide lockdown, which began on May 8, are expected to be visible in the next couple of weeks. The month of May is extremely crucial to reducing the spread of the pandemic, he said.
Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram, these four districts which have test positivity rate above 25 per cent, will be put under a ‘triple lockdown’ where existing exemptions will also be withdrawn.
The CM also announced that free food kit will be distributed till June. And the people who are availing any kind of welfare pension will be given a financial aid of Rs 1,000. Below Poverty Line, ration cardholder families who do not have anyone receiving welfare pension will be provided one-time financial assistance of Rs 1,000.