Thiruvananthapuram: To contain the spike of covid cases in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced that the next two days i.e. Saturday and Sunday will see restrictions similar to lockdown. “The next two days (Saturday & Sunday) will see restrictions similar to lockdown. Only essential services & emergency travel to be allowed. There is a cap of 75 people indoor & 150 outdoor for marriages & a maximum of 50 people for funeral services.”Also Read - Govt Confirms 1st Cases Of Omicron BA.4 And BA.5 Variants Of COVID In India: Check Symptoms, Other FAQs

On Friday, Kerala registered a total of 28,447 new Covid-19 cases on Friday. Test positivity rate rose to 21.78 percent. The state also reported 27 deaths in the state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed this in a press meet after the Covid review meeting held here on Friday. Also Read - Kerala, Rajasthan Trim Tax On Petrol, Diesel After Centre Slashes Excise Duty. Check Latest Rates HERE

The district-wise statistics of positive cases: Ernakulam – 4548, Kozhikode – 3939, Thrissur – 2952, Malappuram – 2671, Thiruvananthapuram – 2345, Kannur – 1998, Kottayam – 1986, Palakkad – 1728, Alappuzha – 1239, Pathanamthitta – 1171, Kasaragod – 1110, Kollam – 1080, Idukki – 868 and Wayanad – 812. Also Read - After Centre's Fuel Price Cut, Kerala Reduces State Tax on Petrol And Diesel by THIS Much

As part of the mass testing, 2,90,262 samples were collected on Wednesday and Thursday. 1,30,617 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. In total, 1,48,58,794 samples including routine sample, sentinel sample, CBNAAT, Truenat, POCT, PCR, RTLAMP, antigen were sent for the tests.