Tamil Nadu’s 4 districts under lockdown from today

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Tamil Nadu government has extended lockdown till June 30 in four districts of the State.

 

From today, Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts of Tamil Nadu will be und a 12-day lockdown to curb a surge in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the district.

During the 12-day long complete lockdown period, only essential services will be allowed with restrictions.

On Monday, Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced ‘maximised restricted lockdown’ in these four districts due to rising number of Covid-19 cases.

The chief minister’s announcement came following a consultative meeting with experts and senior officials on Monday.

 Earlier, the chief minister had said that next two Sundays (June 21 and 28), there shall be a full-scale shutdown without any relaxations.

“We have started enforcing the lockdown measures. In many areas of the city, monitoring is being through drones and even announcements are being made. Except for permitted purposes, vehicles will not be allowed,” Chennai Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan  was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.

According to the news agency ANI report, all shops in the Anna Salai area in Chennai were seen following the state implemented lockdown.

Tamil Nadu has recorded 2,141 positive cases of coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, pushing up the state’s tally to 52,334. Among these, Chennai reported 1,373 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 37,070. The death toll in the State is at 625 after 49 deaths were reported on Thursday.

With 13,586 new cases in the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases in a single day, India's COVID-19 tally reached 3,80,532 on Friday.

Meanwhile, with an increase of 336 deaths in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen 12,573.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of active cases in the country is 1,63,248. Meanwhile 2,04,711 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.

 

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