Chennai heading towards complete lockdown? Crucial decision today

Amid rapidly rising Covid-19 cases across the country, a few states, including Tamil Nadu, have decided to bring back some of the restrictions eased during the current Unlock 1.0, while others are considering a complete shutdown.

It is said that a complete shutdown would be in place in Chennai and its neighbouring districts of Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram, as these places have become hub of Covid-19.

A decision in this regard is likely to be taken today, it is learnt. The Madras High Court on Thursday asked why can’t complete lockdown be implemented for some time in Chennai while observing that the pandemic situation in the city and its suburbs is alarming as cases continue to rise.

Despite the steps taken by the Tamil Nadu government to contain the coronavirus spread, the number of cases is “steeply rising and the situation has become alarming”, particularly in the metropolis and its outskirts, a bench of justices Vineet Kothari and R Suresh Kumar said.

The judges said, “Therefore, we want to know whether the government has devised any special scheme, which includes complete lockdown or curfew to contain the spread in Chennai and surrounding areas for sometime.”

“We want to know whether the government has devised any special scheme, which includes complete lockdown or curfew to contain the spread in Chennai and surrounding areas for sometime,” the court said. Also, traders too have come forward to shut their shops.