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Ashraf Padanna, Staff Reporter
The Indian state of Kerala has brought in more relaxations, including quarantine norms and the number of people allowed at public offices despite an alarming test-positivity rate.
The mandatory home quarantine period for domestic passengers has been reduced to seven days from 14.
Initially, the mandatory quarantine period was 28 days. They can be tested on the seventh day after their arrival.
"If tested negative, further quarantine of seven days is optional and not mandatory, though a 14-day quarantine is desirable as per health protocol,” it reads.
"Those who don’t get tested would be advised to continue in quarantine for the remaining seven days and complete a total of 14 days in quarantine.”
Government offices, including public sector units, can now function with 100 per cent attendance observing the COVID-19 protocol of wearing maks and keeping physical distance.
"It’s observed that the work of Secretariat and other government offices are badly affected,” chief secretary Vishwas Mehta said in his order.
In-house dining is allowed in restaurants, in lines with Unlock 4 guidelines of the federal government that came into effect from Sept.21.
Theatres and multiplexes will remain shut while open-air theatres are permitted. States can take necessary measures, including additional restrictions, in containment zones.
In the absence of a separate room for self-isolation in their small huts, seven migrant workers perched themselves on a banyan tree to remain in quarantine.
The official also told a press conference on Tuesday that six confirmed new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Goa, while 13 persons were cured, bringing down the state's active COVID-19 tally to 22.
The southern state of Telangana is charging at least Rs8,000 ($107) to put its returning citizens in quaranatine at hotels for a week
Hundreds of soldiers were called for duty and heavy machinery deployed in Vietnam on Thursday to search for survivors after landslides caused by torrential rain from Typhoon Molave, which whiplashed the country.
Some students sympathetic to Thai protesters said on Friday they were boycotting graduation ceremonies led by King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a show of anger at the monarchy amid growing calls to reform it.
The police have asked parents to pay attention to their children when they approach windows and balconies.