At present, the use of ICU beds in government hospitals is over 70 per cent. He said the test positivity rate for the last three days was 18 per cent. Avoiding lockdowns will make the spread of the disease stronger and more uncontrollable. The CM said the lockdown was continuing to prevent the lives of the people from being endangered.
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Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced concessions for essential activities in the state as the lockdown has been extended till June 9. All industries in the state, including coir and cashew, can be open with 50 per cent employees.
Institutions and shops that supply raw materials to industrial establishments may operate until 5 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Banks will operate for three days as at present. But working hours were reduced to five o’clock in the evening.
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Students’ clothing stores, clothing stores, gold and footwear shops are open until 5 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tofu shops were allowed to deliver toddy in parcels. Garbage dumps can be open two days a week for disposal.
Meanwhile, Kovid-19 was confirmed for 23,513 people in the state today. Outbreaks were reported in Malappuram 3990, Thiruvananthapuram 2767, Palakkad 2682, Ernakulam 2606, Kollam 2177, Alappuzha 1984, Thrissur 1707, Kozhikode 1354, Kottayam 1167, Kannur 984, Pathanamthitta 683, Idukki 662, Kasaragod 506 and Wayanad 244.
During the last 24 hours, 1,41,759 samples were tested. The test positivity rate is 16.59. Routine Sample, Sentinel Sample, CB Nat, Trunat, POCT. PCR, RT A total of 1,95,82,046 samples have been tested so far, including LAMP and antigen testing.