TPR at 22, borders imposed in Kollam
With the number of new COVID-19 cases in Kollam reaching 831 on Saturday, the district administration has imposed a series of additional restrictions.
The current test positivity rate (TPR) in the district is 22.4 and the health department has revised guidelines to curb the spread. Information related to COVID-19 will be made available by the District Chief Medical Officer (DMO) to all departments engaged in containment measures, including police, local government and tax.
All ceremonies and public events must be registered on the COVID-19 Jagratha Portal and Chiefs of Police and Secretaries of local bodies have been instructed to ensure this.
While the DMO will be responsible for imposing restrictions in COVID-19 clusters, the work from home option will be offered to all pregnant women working in government offices. If clusters form in educational institutions, authorities should shut them down for 15 days.
Meetings, events and ceremonies must take place online in all governmental, quasi-governmental, cooperative, public sector and autonomous institutions. Since the average test positivity is over 20, only 50 people can attend social, political, religious and community events, festivals, weddings and funerals.
Public events will not be permitted if the test positivity rate exceeds 30. Seating in bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants and theaters should be limited to 50% to ensure adequate ventilation.
All stores have been told to promote online booking and sales while crowds are not allowed in malls. While the Ministry of Health has made arrangements for isolation and emergency facilities, instructions have been issued not to delay emergency surgeries, including childbirth.
Testing is not mandatory if there are no symptoms and patients should not be screened more than once a week. Asymptomatic people, those not on the high-risk contact list, interstate travelers, people under home quarantine, and those who have recovered from COVID-19 are not required to take the test.
Meanwhile, testing is mandatory for people who develop cough, fever, sore throat, loss of taste/smell and shortness of breath as well as contact cases with diabetes, hypertension , liver and kidney problems and those traveling to/from other countries.
The district recorded 765 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The test positivity rate (TPR) for the day was recorded at 22.69%.
Of the new cases, 754 people contracted the disease through local transmission, while the source of infection for seven others remains unidentified. Four people from abroad have also tested positive for the disease.
Meanwhile, 208 people who were undergoing treatment for the disease in the district have tested negative. The number of active cases of COVID-19 stands at 3,260.
After a period of relative lull, the district began seeing an increase in cases two weeks ago.