7-day triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram

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A triple lockdown has been declared in Thiruvananthapuram corporation. The one week lockdown will commence at 6 am on Monday. The decision comes in the wake of the increasing number of contact cases of coronavirus.

The secretariat will remain closed. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will work from his official residence.

Public will be allowed to come out of their homes only for emergency medical needs. The number of shops selling essential items will be limited. Only one shop will be allowed to open in an area. Essential items will be distributed to households through home delivery service.

The triple lockdown has been declared as the capital city remains on the brink of community transmission. Medical shops, hospitals and banks will continue to function.

Out of the 27 cases reported in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, 22 had developed the disease through contact. The source of 14 among them is unknown. None of them have any travel history which makes the situation even more concerning.

The capital city has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state and most of them belong to containment zones.

What is triple lockdown?

Triple lock is a targeted strategy to contain the spread of the diseases.

Triple lockdown involves three steps.

The first step is to lock the designated area (here, it is Thiruvananthapuram Corporation) to ensure that no one entered the corporation and no one moved out of it.

The second lock will be put on the clusters (places) from where COVID-19 cases have been reported. For, chances of spreading the disease are higher in these places because of the presence of primary and secondary contacts of the infected persons.

The third lock will be on the houses of the infected persons. Because it will ensure that infected persons and their contacts stayed inside their homes. This is crucial in checking the community spread.