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Tamil Nadu extends lockdown for another week with additional curbs

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Tamil Nadu on Saturday extended the lockdown in the state by another week as it battles a surge in COVID cases. The state put in place additional restrictions limiting the timing for shops selling essential commodities. The state’s previous lockdown was to end on May 24.

The state has continued to register over 30,000 cases per day with 2,74,629 active COVID cases and a positivity rate of 21.8%.

The state has allowed shops to remain open for Saturday and Sunday up to 9 pm to help the public stock up. It has roped in the Horticulture Department to provide for fruits and vegetables as shops and street vendors will not be allowed to sell the same. Public and private transport will also be allowed to function for two days before being shut down.

All offices including banks will have to operate from work from home while deliveries and takeaways will be allowed for a limited period.

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Pharmacies will be allowed to operate and so will the supply of milk and newspapers. Only essential government departments will function at the capital and district level. Petrol and Diesel pumps and ATMs will remain open.

Earlier speaking to reporters MK Stalin said that some relaxations were allowed in the previous lockdown but many people took the COVID warnings lightly and continued to be out and about.

Other extended lockdowns

Karnataka on Friday extended the statewide lockdown till June 7 as it registered a surge in cases. It first imposed a lockdown on May 10 which was to end on May 24.

The state decided to extend the stringent restriction from May 24 to June 7 based on recommendations by experts.  The lockdown will however allow for inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods.

Kerala, another state that has been consistently reporting a high number of cases also announced an extension of lockdown till May 30.

 

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