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Chennai to face complete lockdown for four days

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Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has announced strict lockdown measures in five municipal corporation areas - Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem and Tirupur from April 26, to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Chennai, Madurai, and Coimbatore corporation will be shut down from 6 am on April 26 (Sunday) to 9 pm on April 29 (Wednesday). The municipal corporation wards of Salem and Tirupur will have a total shutdown for three days starting from 6 am on April 26 (Sunday) to 9 pm on April 28 (Tuesday).

A press release from the state government stated, “This strict lockdown is being implemented after inputs from health experts who suggested that the transmission of COVID 19 can be contained only by imposing strict measures. Stringent measures have been introduced to restrict the movement of the people.”

Operations allowed to remain functional

  • Hospitals, medical labs, pharmacies, Ambulance, and mortuary vehicle services.

  • Secretariat, Health and Family Welfare, Police, Revenue and disaster management, TNEB, Aavin, local bodies, and water supply departments will function only with required staff.

  • Other Central government offices and banks will operate with 33 percent of staff.

  • Amma canteens, ATMs, and hotels that accept delivery orders.

  • Homes for senior citizens, differently-abled, and orphanages.

  • Community kitchens, NGOs, and other charitable organizations.

  • The Koyambedu market will be operated with restrictions. Groceries, vegetables, and fruits will be sold through the mobile shops that have been arranged by the city corporations in the state.

Shops and supermarkets which were given permission to function earlier will not be allowed to function. Those working in the IT sector have been told to work from home. No other private firms will function. The release also stated that the containment zones will be supervised strictly. The areas will be disinfected twice every day. Strict actions will be taken against those who violate rules and the vehicles of two-wheelers plying on the roads will be impounded.

As on April 24, 72 new cases were reported in Tamilnadu bringing the total cases in Tamilnadu to 1,755; Chennai is leading with 452 cases.

The cooperation of the public in enforcing these measures is requested.

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