Kerala govt imposes Section 144 for a month due to rising COVID-19 cases

The Kerala government has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC across the state for a month, starting Saturday, in the wake of rising coronavirus cases.

The order released by Kerala Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta will come into effect from 9 am on October 3 and will remain in effect till October 31.

District Magistrates were directed to use the relevant provisions and orders under Section 144, CrPC to control the spread of the disease. Strict restrictions shall be imposed in containment zones and in specific areas where the spread of the disease is apprehended.

The Kerala government issued the order after it decided to avoid a total shutdown to curb covid cases after an all-party meet this week. The state’s total confirmed cases doubled in September and crossed 2 lakh on Thursday. It is the ninth state in India to cross two-lakh cases mark.

Currently, at least 72,339 people are undergoing treatment for the infection, with over 2.43 lakh people under observation, including 30,258 in isolation wards of various hospitals in the state, officials said

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