This state’s capital announces ‘triple lockdown’; What is it?

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Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, Kerala has announced a ‘triple lockdown’ in the state’s capital — Thiruvananthapuram. The triple lockdown that started at 6 am on July 6 is expected to last a week. The state’s COVID-19 response has received a lot of praise and applause across the nation but soon after the return of migrants from across India, and overseas, the coronavirus tally surged.

Meanwhile, the health authorities are struggling to trace the chain of transmission. On Sunday, the state reported around 225 new cases, taking its total active cases to 2,228.

What is a triple lockdown?

The triple lockdown has been implemented in Thiruvananthapuram in an order to break the chain of transmission. It will include the complete suspension of all movement, and business activities, except for essential services.

All roads, except one leading directly to the city, would be blocked with law enforcement personnel deployed to prevent the movement of people. Likewise, the ATMs, petrol pumps, pharmacies, grocery and vegetable vendors, hospitals, and cooking gas agencies have been allowed to operate within particular windows.

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Similarly, the trucks carrying essential supplies, along with workers engaged sanitation services will be allowed for the movement around the city. They need to have signed declaration forms describing their work. Special transport will be organised for individuals travelling to or from railway stations and airports as no public transport will be allowed to operate.

-PTC News