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CM orders strict enactment of lockdown

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Thiruvananthapuram: With people violating lockdown norms in Kerala on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called for its strict implementation as the number of coronavirus positive cases increased by 14 to 105.

"Among the positive cases are one health professional, eight who returned from Dubai (UAE), and one each from Qatar and the UK," said Vijayan. The total number of people under observation at homes increased to 71,944 and 466 in hospitals.

"At no cost would this (violations) be allowed. From now on, every time a person drives out he will have to keep with him a declaration about his destination. This will have to be shown to the police.

"In private vehicles, apart from the driver there should be only one adult member. Anyone who violates the guidelines will be taken to task and there will be no mercy shown to the law-breakers," said Vijayan.

During the day, State Police chief Loknath Behra took to the streets in the state capital to advise people against making needless trips.

Stating that every day the shops selling essential items should open between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m,", the Chief Minister warned the profiteers of tough action.

Vijayan also said several places had been identified that could be converted into medical facility centres.

"We have also sought support from volunteers, whose service might be required, to do the job of patient bystanders. A good number of youths are ready for it and this is a positive sign," said Vijayan.

According to the state police headquarters, 402 cases have been registered against violators of the lockdown guidelines.

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