Dressed as ‘Yamraj’ and ‘Chitragupta’, officials stop a biker for not wearing a mask as part of an awareness campaign to curb 
COVID-19 spread in New Delhi on Monday.
Dressed as ‘Yamraj’ and ‘Chitragupta’, officials stop a biker for not wearing a mask as part of an awareness campaign to curb COVID-19 spread in New Delhi on Monday.
—PTI

Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala is facing the threat of a second wave of infection and the state government has no option but to go back to some of the lockdown restrictions, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday. Apart from a surge in cases, the state is witnessing higher number of deaths. In some districts like Wayanad, most new patients belong to the 10-40 age group.

An all-party meeting will be held on Tuesday to review the COVID-19 situation in the state, said the CM, adding, social distancing and wearing of masks will be enforced more vigorously. Shops will be asked to strictly follow Covid norms and those units flouting the rules could face closure.

The restrictions on the number of people allowed for functions like marriages and funerals would be enforced strictly. The CM said the state’s health infrastructure would be inadequate if the number of new cases go up as projected.

Already all the government hospitals are functioning at full capacity.

The thrust on preventive measures come in the wake of assessments by the Indian Medical Association the infection is spreading at an unprecedented rate in Kerala. It said that a complete lockdown can be avoided only by strict enforcement of the curbs.

Veteran BJP leader Uma Bharti tests positive for coronavirus
Veteran BJP leader Uma Bharti tests positive for coronavirus
PTI Photo

Uma Bharti admitted to AIIMS-Rishikesh

BJP national vice president Uma Bharti, was admitted to AIIMS, Rishikesh, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. She had also complained of a high fever. In a series of tweets since Sunday, Bharti said that she tested positive for the COVID-19 on Sunday after returning from the Himalayas. On Monday she tweeted that if the AIIMS authorities allow her, then she would like to appear in the special CBI court of Lucknow on Wednesday when it is likely to pronounce the verdict in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.

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