Coronavirus update: Kerala on Friday announced that it would continue with Sunday lockdown, as there was no dip in the number of Covid 19 cases in the state.
Over the past two weeks, the Kerela government had given an exemption for Sunday lockdown. The Centre on Friday suggested that the governments of Kerala and Maharashtra explore the possibility of night curfews in areas with high coronavirus cases.
The country reported over 40,000 new Covid 19 infections for two days in a row on Friday.
Kerala has logged over 30,000 cases of new coronavirus infections during the period over the past 24 hours, as per the coronavirus update given by the Union Health Ministry on Friday.
Notably, Kerala's Covid-19 case spike continues to remain a concern amid Opposition and public health experts blaming the surge on the state government's "carelessness" and "unwise" decisions.
With Kerala accounting for 68 per cent of India's fresh coronavirus cases, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Thursday reviewed the situation and the steps taken to contain the alarming graph of the virus in the southern state.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said if and when the third wave hit, it was estimated that around 60 lakh people would be affected. He added the state had started preparing to tackle the third wave of Covid-19.
-PTC News with inputs from agencies