Bengaluru: Kerala on Saturday issued stringent regulations under the Epidemic Disease Control Act of 1897 to restrict public gatherings. The Chief Secretary issued an order to that effect.

All religious and cultural events, tournaments and group matches are prohibited. District Magistrates are provided with internal addendum when necessary to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Section 144 under CrPC will come into force where necessary. .

All medical institutions, medical colleges and hospitals, (including those in the private sector) must inform the number of hospital rooms, hostel rooms, corona inspection equipment available, ICU beds, ventilators and other necessary information regarding COVID-19 related supplies to the COVID Control Room of the State Disaster Response Authority
(
phone: 0471 2364424, e-mail: [email protected]
).

In case of hoarding of essential commodities, strict action will be taken according to existing laws. The Dstrict Magistrate Collector and District Police Chief Section have been empowered under Section 2 of the Infection Control Act, 1897 as per the order.

Those who do not comply with the directives of the decree shall be treated as offenders under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The proposals will go into effect on, March 22, from 12a, a press release said.

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