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COVID-19: In Kerala, restrictions to be eased, Schools to function normally

The Kerala government on Tuesday decided to ease Covid-19 restrictions and asked schools and colleges in the state to prepare for functioning in a full-fledged manner from the end of February.

The Kerala government on Tuesday decided to ease Covid-19 restrictions and asked schools and colleges in the state to prepare for functioning in a full-fledged manner from the end of February.

With active Covid-19 cases in Kerala starting to show a decline over the past few days, the state government had on Friday decided to start offline classes for students of Classes 10, 11 and 12 and college students from February 7 and classes for children studying in Classes 1 to 9, creche and kindergarten from February 14.

Post-Covid clinics have been opened and a state-level nodal officer has been appointed,” a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said. Kerala reported 29,471 fresh infections on Tuesday which raised the Covid-19 caseload to 63,23,378.

The government had earlier imposed restrictions at the district level on the basis of the number of Covid-affected people admitted to hospitals and authorised the Disaster Management Authority to divide the districts into three groups — A, B and C. Currently, only Kollam district is in C category, where there will be the most stringent restrictions.

While Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad and Kannur districts are in B category, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts are in A category. Kasaragod does not fall under any such categories.

In districts falling under A category, social, cultural, religious, political and public events, weddings and funerals can be attended by up to 50 people.

No such gatherings will be allowed in the B and C category districts. In such areas, religious worship should be conducted online only and a maximum of 20 people will be allowed for weddings and funerals. Movie theatres, swimming pools and gyms are not allowed to function in the C category districts.

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