Tamil Nadu government today directed schools and colleges to declare holiday and also ordered closure of malls, movie theatres and TASMAC bars till March 31 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami earlier 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.
On Sunday, 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.