As Cases and deaths remained high, Karnataka, Goa and Kerala Friday announced an extension to their existing curbs.
Tamil Nadu has announced a complete lockdown without any concessions for one week from May 24. The previous lockdown was to end on May 24. The state reported 467 new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday (May 22), a 17.6 per cent increase over 397 reported a day ago, as it registered 36,184 new cases in the last 24 hours, the health department’s figures showed.
The number of new infections was 1 per cent higher than Thursday’s 35,579, which was its highest ever. There are currently 2,74,629 active COVID cases in the state with a positivity rate of 21.8 per cent.
Announcing the extension, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said: “Based on the advice of the technical advisory committee the tough restrictions are being extended till 6 am on June 7 from May 24 for 14 days. This is being done with the health of citizens in mind.”
In Goa, for the first time since April 28, the total number of active cases was below 20,000 on Friday. Thirty deaths were reported in the state on Friday and the total number of active cases stood at 19,328. The positivity rate in the state was 32 per cent on Friday. While the number of new Covid-19 infections was 1,625, there were 3,075 recoveries in the state.
In Kerala, the average positivity and daily death numbers continue to remain high. The average test positivity in the last three days in Kerala is 23.3 percent and the daily death tally has been hovering in three digits this week.