Kerala is going into a lockdown mode with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announcing on Monday that stern steps to ensure that there is little movement of people to contain the coronavirus spread. The conditions would remain till March 31. He said 28 new coronavirus positive cases were reported in the State on Monday.
He said there would be no public transport and hotels and restaurants would be closed to public. However, there would be home delivery. The total lockdown which was limited to Kasargod district has been extended to the entire state. There would be no curbs on private vehicles.
Grocery stores, medical shops and petrol bunks would be open till 5 pm. Banks would close at 2 pm, Pinarayi said. Bars have been closed though there would be curbs on crowding at liquor outlets. People have been asked to stay away from places of worship. The Chief Minister said stern action would be taken if anyone breached the conditions.
With 28 more cases reported, the total number of people under treatment for coronavirus rose to 91. Among them, 25 positive cases were those who had returned from Dubai. These included 19 in Kasaragod, 5 in Kannur, 2 in Ernakulam and one each are from Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts.