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Kerala declares 'complete lockdown' after 28 new Coronavirus cases

Kerala Coronavirus Update: All those coming from other states will have to be in isolation for 14 days: CM Vijayan

Monday March 23, 2020 7:49 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Kerala Coronavirus News Today

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala will also come under a lockdown as the state recorded 28 new cases - the largest number in a day so far - taking its total number of positive cases to 91, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday.

"No public transport will operate, state borders will be closed, but private vehicles will be allowed. Petrol pumps will be open. State government offices will be opened with full protection. All religious functions has to be cancelled", the Chief Minister said.

"Shops selling essential things will be allowed, no serving in restaurants, but home delivery would take place. People should not loiter in the streets, and if found, would face arrests and fines," he said.

"All those coming from other states will have to be in isolation for 14 days," added Vijayan.

Of the new COVID-19 cases, he said that 19 were in Kasargode, five in Kannur, two in Ernakulam and one each in Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts.

"All of them came from the Middle East," said Vijayan.

52,785 people under observation

The Chief Minister also said that there are 52,785 people under observation in homes and 228 in various hospitals in the state.

More than 470 people have so far been cofirmed Coronavirus positive in India. As many as 9 people, including a Filipino, have been died due to the virus which started from China's Wuhan in January this year.

Globally, over 350,000 have been infected by the virus and some 15,374 people all across the world have died. Italy followed by China is the worst hit country in the world.

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