Kerala has been reporting the highest number of daily infections over nearly two months now, but over the last two weeks, there has been a decline of 14 per cent in seven-day average of daily cases.
As per reports, Minister G R Anil had instructed all ration shops in this regard and a section of ration shop owners on Sunday made it clear that they would not comply with the instructions.
This comes even as the government has been claiming that the Covid death certification system is very transparent in Kerala and works as per the guidelines of the ICMR
The decision to extend the lockdown was taken in view of high test positivity rates in districts, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The state was facing more challenges in the present second wave, as the pathogen strain was more virulent and was spreading fast, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here.
Accordingly, the Southern Railway is also taking action with immediate effect, the official added.
Chennithala will call on Governor Arif Mohammed Khan at Raj Bhavan at 11.30am on Monday to discuss the alarming rate at which the second wave has hit Kerala.
Most of the workers may stay as state govt had provided all assistance to them last year.
He tested positive in an antigen test conducted for COVID-19.
On Friday, out of 791 fresh COVID-19 cases, 532 were through local transmission. The situation is especially alarming in Thiruvananthapuram where 246 tested positive for the virus.