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    TN extends lockdown till July 31 after Health Experts Committee advised against extension

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    The Committee urged the government to increase the restrictions in areas where the health indicators were not satisfactory but did not suggest lockdown extension in the districts, including Chennai, that are under a complete lockdown till Tuesday.

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    Chennai and neighbouring districts like Chengelpet, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram have been under an intense 12-day lockdown from June 19.
    The Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended the lockdown in the state to July 31 and announced an 'intense lockdown' in Chennai and parts of Chengalpet, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Madurai till July 5.

    This comes after the Health Experts Committee which held a discussion with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the Secretariat on Monday morning did not recommend an extension of lockdown.

    The State witnessed the highest ever spike in cases with 3949 people testing positive for the infection on Monday.

    The Committee urged the government to increase the restrictions in areas where the health indicators were not satisfactory but did not suggest lockdown extension in the districts, including Chennai, that are under a complete lockdown till Tuesday.

    This is the seventh meeting the committee has had with the Chief Minister since March. Dr Sowmya Swaminathan joined the meeting via video conferencing from Geneva.

    The expert committee has advised the state government that restricting public transportation, wearing masks, social distancing, and hand hygiene will help to break the chain.

    Tamil Nadu witnessed 3,940 Covid-19 cases on Sunday and 3,949 cases on Monday. With this, the total tally of cases has risen to 86,224.

    Further, 62 patients succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll to 1141 on Monday.

    As many as 47,749 have been discharged from the hospitals after fully recovering from the virus. The recoveries also include 2,212 new recoveries on Monday alone.

    Chennai recorded over 2000 cases for the first time. It continues to be the worst affected district in the State with 55,969 cases in all and 2,167 of which were on Monday.

    Chennai and neighbouring districts like Chengelpet, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram have been under an intense 12-day lockdown from June 19.
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    6 Comments on this Story

    Ahmad 12 days ago
    even we should do efforts to contain the spread of virus
    raaj till13 days ago
    death rate for TN is very low should not be bogged down by fake humanitarians.. it should employ more policemen in rest of the State of the type who handled Bennix
    R.Krishnamoorthy14 days ago
    We have tried lockdown for 4 months. No slowdown of spread and poor have no money to save their families. What governments gives is not sufficient. Death looms either by corona or poverty. Government lost the sources for money and is unable to provide proper care. It should not be operation success but patient died. Only solution is, open lockdown for production and industries. Open transport to facilitate movement. Hold responsible the owners for employees safety. Open sources of money to govt with possible protection. People get some money to save their families and the government with increased income should spend maximum to save the affected. People should take maximum care to protect themselves. This will only save people with unavoidable minimum loss. Extending lockdown is more detrimental to people and the rulers.
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