• Kerala Government bans mass gatherings for Onam, Muharram, Janmashtami amid surge in Covid-19 cases

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    Thiruvananthapuram:The Kerala government bans mass gatherings in the state during Onam, Muharram, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chathurthi, and Durga Pooja, as they can become super-spreaders of the COVID-19 infection.

    The central government alerted all the states about the possibility of mass gatherings during the upcoming festivals turning into the super spreaders of covid-19. The Disaster Management department of Kerala, because of the Central government alert, says no public gatherings would be allowed in the state.

    The Kerala government has decided that "no public observation of festivals or mass gatherings would be permitted, during the above-mentioned festivals in the State", the order said. Besides that, from August 12 onwards, special intensified stringent lockdown restrictions would be enforced in the Panchayats or urban wards where the infection spread is critical and the Weekly Infection Population Ratio (WIPR) is above 8.

    From August 15, a maximum of 15,000 devotees per day would be permitted for Sabarimala pilgrimage and 'darshan', and crowd management virtual queue registration will continue.

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