Kerala's Omicron count has risen to 181, prompting new restrictions

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the number of Omicron variant cases in Kerala reaching 181, a high-level conference headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan resolved on Tuesday to tighten restrictions even further.

As a result, with immediate effect, all functions, including weddings and similar events, must have a maximum attendance of 75 people when held indoors and a maximum attendance of 150 for outdoor events.

The only respite came when the conference voted to suspend the night curfew that had been in effect for the previous five days (10 p.m. to 5 a.m.). Another choice made was to ensure that very thorough screening will take place at all four of the state's airports, as the vast majority of Omicron cases were reported from persons who arrived from outside the country.

Vijayan told the meeting that 80 percent of Kerala's population over the age of 18 had already received both vaccine doses. He stated that since vaccinations for youngsters aged 15 to 18 began, 2% of the 15.43 lakh students have received their first dose of vaccine.

Vijayan also stated that the Health Department will soon release treatment guidelines for those who wish to isolate at home after being Covid positive in the aftermath of the Omicron danger.

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