Coronavirus: TN to take final call on easing restrictions

Today, Chief Minister K Palaniswami will peruse an expert committee report and take a final call on easing lockdown curbs in areas where coronavirus cases are less.

“The curbs in force will continue to be on till such time the government issues orders,” said government sources. The government has issued a statement that the Tamil Nadu government is expected to take a decision on easing curbs on specified industries in the state after the expert committee that was constituted, submits its report on Monday.

The testing of 2,411 samples is under process and 5,135 are repeat samples, health officials said. Of the 2,10,538 passengers, who were screened at various airports in the State, 1,04,936 were under home quarantine as of Saturday. Officials said 85,253 passengers had completed the 28-day follow-up.

Amid expectations that some relaxations in the lockdown would come into force from tomorrow as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Tamil Nadu Government on Sunday announced that all the restrictions put in place in the State would continue ’till further orders’.

An official release said the Centre in its order on April 15 had announced that the States could decide on allowing functioning of new industries, commercial establishments and other services from April 20 and intimate the same to it.

The S Krishnan Committee, constituted to frame guidelines for opening of select industries after 20 April and for the way forward after the lockdown ends on 3 May, will submit its report to the Tamilnadu government on Monday, based on which some important decisions are to be taken immediately, highly placed sources said.

However, industries falling within containment zones will not be allowed to function, it is learnt and this creates a doubt over functioning of companies including IT firms in and around Chennai.