On Friday, the Kerala government issued an order stating that all banks operating in the state will remain closed on all Saturdays in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order, which aims to contain the further spread on COVID-19 said that "all the banks in the state shall remain closed on Saturdays, in addition to the existing holidays on the second and fourth Saturdays in a month."
In addition, the government has directed all bank managers to ensure that the health advisories are followed strictly during their working hours, including social distancing norms.
On Friday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed of as many as 791 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Kerala.
According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state stand at 10,275, including 5,376 active cases. While 4,862 people have cured/migrated/discharged, 37 have died of the illness.