New Delhi May 31st
The Tamil Nadu government has extended the statewide lockdown till June 30. The decision has been taken in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state. Tamil Nadu is India’s second-worst impacted state by a coronavirus, only behind Maharashtra. As per figures released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Saturday,
Tamil Nadu has had 20,246 coronavirus cases including 154 deaths. 11,313 people in the state have recovered after contracting the virus.
Partial resumption of public transport services will also resume in the state.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami said the curbs on religious places, inter-state bus transport, and Metro and suburban rails would continue.
Pubic transport will resume with reduced services from June 1, but buses will not be operated in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, and Chengalpet districts having the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the state.
Private stage carriers will be allowed to operate in authorized routes, Palaniswami said. “To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the curfew is being extended till June 30 under the State Disaster Management Act and as per the Union Home Ministry’s notification,” he said in a statement.
Tamil Nadu is among the states worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It witnessed the biggest single-day spike of 938 new coronavirus cases on Saturday taking the infection count to 21,184.
The Centre had on Saturday announced ‘Unlock 1″, a graded exit plan from the lockdown that allowed, among others, reopening places of religious worship and restaurants.
The state government on Sunday also announced a number of other relaxations, barring containment zones, and these include allowing more employees at the workplace and permitting showrooms and jewelry shops to re-open. Malls will remain closed, the chief minister said.