Five cities in Tamil Nadu, including the state capital of Chennai, have been put under an “intense lockdown” to check the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus disease or Covid-19 on Sunday.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced the tightening of restrictions on Friday. The government decided to tighten curbs under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in select urban regions based on expert opinion as the number of infections rose.
The “intense lockdown” in Tamil Nadu comes in the middle of a nationwide shutdown ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month and extended to May 3.
The intense shutdown beginning Sunday in Chennai, Coimbatore, and Madurai for four days, disallowing grocery shops and fully curtailing the movement of public.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami announced a complete lockdown for four days from 6 am to 9 pm in Chennai, Coimbatore, and Madurai from April 26 to 29. In Salem and Tirupur, it will be for three days from April 26 -28 from 6 am to 9 pm. The five cities have a high rate of Covid-19 positive cases. So this decision is taken by the Chief Minister.
Tamil Nadu Govt : No relaxation in lockdown till May 3, 2020 pic.twitter.com/TfFboIILrv
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