COVID-19 review meet today; decision on schools, offices likely
The COVID-19 review meeting to be chaired by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday is likely to make some crucial decisions on limiting public activities considering the recent surge in the number of positive cases in the state.
Kerala’s Education Minister V Sivankutty had met the Chief Minister on
Thursday to discuss the possibility of closing schools again. There has
been an increasing demand to shut down schools for primary classes, at
Another suggestion is to limit offline classes to classes 10 and 12.
A few COVID-19 clusters has been reported in the past few days. Over
100 students tested positive at the College of Engineering Trivandrum
(CET) on Thursday. A nursing college in Pathanamthitta is facing action
by authorities for not disclosing the formation of a cluster, mostly
caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Senior officials have also been demanding limits on the number of employees within offices.
Other measures like weekend and night curfew are also being
considered. The shutdown of higher education institutions is currently
not under consideration
The Chief Minister is likely to take the final decision regarding curbs
before leaving for the United States of America for treatment on January
On Thursday more than 10,000 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported
across the state for the second day running. The state logged13,468 new
infections and 117 deaths on Thursday.