The city of Madurai and a few adjoining rural civic bodies have undergone a seven-day intense lockdown starting from today. The city corporation has deployed a team of 1,400 officials, who would go on a door-to-door survey to identify those with fever and other symptoms of Covid-19.
The Theni district administration has also announced a full lockdown in all its municipalities from 6pm on Wednesday. Periyakulam in the district is already a containment zone. Now, the municipalities of Bodinaickanur, Theni, Chinnamanur, Cumbum and Gudalur would also go into lockdown from Wednesday.
Madurai city and adjoining rural areas in Paravai town panchayat and villages in Madurai East, Madurai West and Thiruparankundram blocks will be under complete lockdown from early morning (12am) of June 24 (Wednesday) till July 1 morning to bring down Covid-19 cases.
During the complete lockdown period, the district administration will carry out effective contact tracing and focussed testing to control the spread of the virus.
The Bodi town police station was shut on Tuesday after a sub-inspector, eight constables and a home guard tested positive for the coronavirus infection. All the infected persons have been quarantined at Government Medical College and Hospital in K Vilakku. The police station was disinfected on Tuesday morning.
The Tamil Nadu government Monday declared an intensified lockdown in several parts of Madurai district, including the temple town, from Wednesday.
The number of Covid-19 cases continued to rise in the state with 2,710 reported on Monday — the 12-day lockdown in Chennai and three neighbouring districts is expected to gradually arrest the steady spike.
According to the state health department, up to 70% of total cases continue to be asymptomatic while the remaining 20% have mild symptoms and roughly 10% require hospitalisation.