Govt declares lockdown in Kerala as last resort considering police report

Thiruvananthapuram: When the state continued to witness a surge in the COVID cases, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that complete lockdown will be imposed only as a last resort. But as the daily cases crossed 40,000, the state government was compelled to declare complete lockdown in the state.

The government had expected to the restrictions can be intensified through mini lockdown. But the police department reported that the mini lockdown which commenced on Tuesday was not as effective as expected.

About 80 percent of the people were travelling unnecessarily. When the police questioned them, they were giving silly excuses, the police pointed out in the report tabled before DGP. The state government decided to impose a complete lockdown soon after the DGP handed over the report to the Chief Minister.

The expert committee also reported that the next weeks will be crucial for the state as there are chances for a rapid surge in COVID cases. Examining these two reports, the state government decided to place the state under complete lockdown.