Seeing an upsurge in the Coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu, the state government has decided to put Chennai along with three other districts under complete lockdown. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced that the four districts would undergo an intense lockdown for 12 days starting June 19. Apart from Chennai, the other districts where lockdown would be imposed are Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu.
In a statement, the Tamil Nadu Government said, "Considering the spread of the virus and based on recommendations of health and medical experts, an intense lockdown will be in force from 00.00 hours on June 19 and midnight of June 30."
As per the government data, these four districts contribute to around 84% of the cases recorded so far in the state. In a detailed guideline, the state government has issued nature of activities that will be permitted, but mandated certain restrictions to avoid people's movement in the wake of a sharp rise in cases. The total death toll rose to 479 with 44 deaths in the state on Monday.
The state capital, Chennai has consistently seen a surge in COVID-19 positive cases. The state government in no way wants to increase the risk of community transfer. After a meeting with the cabinet and health experts, the state government announced to take a U-turn and opt for an intense lockdown. The government also announced that Rs. 1,000 monetary support will be provided to all the ration cardholders in the lockdown areas.
Amidst the orders of the lockdown, Chennai Airport officials have confirmed that flight services to and fro Chennai will remain uninterrupted. In their tweet, the officials made clear that the lockdown will not impact the flight services in the city.
#Chennaiairport update: We are receiving numerous queries on airport operations during the intense #lockdown (June 19-30) period announced in #Chennai and neighbouring districts. It is hereby clarified that airport operations will continue undettered with existing regulations.— Chennai (MAA) Airport (@aaichnairport) June 15, 2020
The Greater Chennai Corporation has also tweeted zone-wise detailed status of COVID-19 cases. The corporation has also identified new containment zones in the city, where cases are rising.
After the government's decision to put Chennai and its suburbs under lockdown, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Dayanidhi Maran slammed the state government over its handling of the pandemic, and said that the state government lacks clarity in dealing with this critical crisis.
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