Kerala: With the number of active COVID-19 cases in Kerala beginning to reduce in recent days, the state government agreed on Friday to begin offline sessions for students on February 7. "Classes for students in grades 10, 11, and 12, and also college students, will commence on February 7." Classes for children in grades 1 through 9, as well as creche and kindergarten, will begin on February 14," according to a statement released by the Chief Minister's Office.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presided over the COVID-19 review meeting, which made the decision.
Kerala saw a drop in COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the state recording 42,677 new infections, bringing the total to 61,72,432. On Wednesday, the southern state recorded 52,199 COVID-19 cases. On February 3, active cases fell to 3,69,073 from 3,77,823.
Non-resident Keralites and foreign travellers travelling to Kerala will only be tested if they show symptoms, according to the review meeting. The meeting also voted against overcharging for fast tests at airports, and the health department was given instructions in this regard. At all religious institutions, the number of adherents has been capped at 20.
"A total of 200 people would be admitted into the Attukal temple during Pongala." The rest of the individuals should offer Pongala at their homes," according to the press release.