Following the marginal improvement in the pandemic situation, the Kerala state government has decided to ease COVID-19 restrictions further. Government offices will now function on Saturdays as well. Also, the state government has resumed the ID punching system to keep track of attendance at the Secretariat starting September 16.
According to the order issued by the Disaster Management Department, the decision to restore Saturdays as working days, wherever applicable, was taken post assessment of the COVID-19 situation and the restrictions in place to control the spread.
As per the order, employees can use their identity cards to access the biometric system, the use of which had been stopped since March last year, ever since the coronavirus outbreak.
During the peak of the pandemic, the state government had earlier asked government officers to report to their offices on alternate days. This was increased to five days when the case count reduced across Kerala. Earlier, government offices had resumed operations on Saturday for a short period after the first wave of the pandemic.
The state reported over 15,000 Covid-19 cases on September 14. The test positivity rate stood at 16.69 per cent after over 91,000 samples were tested on that day, as per the records of the State’s health ministry. Kerala reported a total of 99 deaths on September 13, taking the total toll to about 22,650 while active cases went down to 2,08,773.