Corona: Primary schools ordered to be shut in TN; malls, theatres to be closed in border areas

Tamil Nadu government has directed schools to declare holiday and also ordered closure of malls, movie theatres in the state’s border Taluks till March 31 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In a six-page statement, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that there is no positive case of Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu for now – the lone patient who tested positive last week has not just recovered but his samples were rendered negative in further diagnosis – and listed measures taken by his administration to prevent its spread.

The CM announced closure of malls and theatres in taluks that border neighbouring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala in 16 districts – Theni, Kanniyakumari, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tenkasi, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Tirupattur, Ranipet, Erode, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Virudhunagar – will be closed till March 31.

He added: “All kindergarten classes and classes from 1st standard to 5th standard will be closed across the state till March 31.” In a tweet, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said, “#CoronaVirusUpdates: Hon’ble CM has given a press release, KG&Primary schools will be closed till 31st March. Border districts screening is intensified,more IAS & Senior officials deputed,Daily reporting to HM & CM,60 Crores fund allocation are key highlights. @EPSTamilNadu #CVB.”

Palaniswami also ordered released Rs 60 crore from the State Disaster relief fund to spruce up the preventive mechanism for containing the spread of coronavirus.

A Coimbatore report said two people, including a woman, have been admitted to government hospitals here with suspected symptoms of coronavirus. The 26-year old woman had arrived here from Qatar late on Saturday night.

As she was suffering from fever and cold, she came to the Government Medical College and ESI hospital for diagnosis and treatment on Sunday morning, hospital sources said. After her blood samples and sputum were collected, she was quarantined in the hospital, they said.

Palaniswami also suggested to the people to avoid travel to other states and large gatherings for the next 15 days. Senior citizens, children and those who are sick were likewise advised to avoid going to crowded places.