‘Unwarranted, inappropriate’: IMA asks Kerala govt to withdraw lockdown relaxations due to Bakrid | India News

‘Unwarranted, inappropriate’: IMA asks Kerala govt to withdraw lockdown relaxations due to Bakrid | India News


NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Sunday urged Kerala government to withdraw lockdown relaxation for Bakrid amid speculations of third wave of Covid and warned of taking the matter to Supreme Court.
In a strongly worded letter IMA termed Kerala government’s decision to ease lockdown curbs for Bakrid as “unwarranted” and “inappropriate”.
“Pained to see amidst the raise of cases and Seropositivity, the Kerala Government has issued an order to ease out lockdown followed in the state on the pretext of religious gatherings of Bakrid,” IMA said in a statement.
“When many northern states like J&K, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttaranchal have stopped, with a constructive sense of public safety the traditional and popular pilgrimage yatras, it is an unfortunate learned state of Kerala had taken this decisions which will pave wave for mass gatherings,” it added.
IMA said that the Kerala government must enforce zero-tolerance against covid appropriate behaviors and should not deviate from its statutory duty and vision to ensure the safety.
“We will be constrained to knock the pedestals of the Supreme Court if the state is not enforcing covid appropriate behaviors and become a model state to curtain the raising menace of covid, by withdrawing this decision,” it said.
Kerala government has decided to relax the lockdown regulations this weekend in the wake of Bakrid festival that falls on July 21. There will be relaxation in the total lockdown rules on July 18, 19 and 20 in those local bodies which fall under A, B and C categories based on test positivity rate.
Shops other than those selling the essential goods will be allowed to function up to 8pm on these three days. These include textile shops, footwear shops, electronics shops, fancy shops and jewellery shops.





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