Kochi corporation division 60 Perumanoor declared COVID-19 hotspot

The containment zones will remain under a curfew-like situation


Kochi Corporation Division 60 of Perumanoor will be a COVID-19 hotspot from today, which means only the essential services will function and movement will be severaly regulated. The Hindu reported that the area has been categorised as a containment zone after the primary and secondary contacts of an Air India Express crew member who tested positive recently were from the area. 

In line with the Centre's guidelines, the Kerala government on Monday extended the lockdown in containment zones till June 30, but eased curbs in many sectors, including allowing indoor film and television shoots and inter-district bus services, as the state reported 57 fresh COVID-19 cases. The containment zones will remain under a curfew-like situation and people will be allowed outside their homes only in special cases such as death of close relatives.

In an order late Monday, it said no inter-state public transport was allowed and the movement of people by all other modes of transport would be regulated only through the pass issued under the COVID-19 jagratha portal. 

"Business travellers, technical/professional personnel coming for work and those returning from Kerala within a week are exempted from the provisions of quarantine," the order signed by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta said.

Earlier, the government made it clear outdoor shooting will not be allowed and schools will reopen only by July end, as the academic season—both schools and colleges, began online.

With COVID-19 cases seeing a spike every day, it said gathering of people cannot be allowed as there was need to contain the spread of the pandemic.