Kerala health workers nasal swab
Health workers in PPE kits collect nasal samples from people for the COVID-19 test, in Kochi on Monday, April 19, 2021. Image Credit: ANI

Dubai: Kerala will impose night curfew from Tuesday in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The curfew will be in place from 9pm to 5am for two weeks.

The decision was taken by the state government at a meeting of the COVID-19 core committee in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. Public transport will not be affected and work from home will be implemented in all possible sectors.

Kerala reported 13,644 COVID-19 cases on Monday, pushing the caseload to 1,253,068. With 21 deaths being reported in the past 24 hours, the state’s death toll has risen to 4,950.

Of the positive cases, 38 were health workers, while 230 had come from outside the state and 12,550 were infected through contact. The source of infection of 826 is unknown.