Lockdown to be extended in Tamil Nadu?

Though Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has said a decision on implementing complete lockdown across the state will be taken after conducting consultation meeting with the health experts on Monday in Chennai, there are strong speculations that lockdown would further be extended.

Speaking to reporters in Tiruchy, he said, “We have a meeting with health experts on June 29th in Chennai. After listening to their suggestions and getting guidelines from the central government, we will decide on that.”

The CM conducted a series of review meetings at the collectorate regarding COVID preventive measures, industrial developments and also the PWD ongoing projects.

When asked whether an all party meeting could be held, he said: “We are acting on the advice of the WHO, union health ministry, ICMR and health experts. There is no need for convening an all party meeting and listening to political parties. The COVID could be contained only when a medicine is found. We cannot fix a time frame on when the pandemic could be controlled.”

In the light of the rapid spread of Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, the CM held discussions with district collectors through video conferencing on June 24. “A meeting with health experts will be held at the secretariat on Monday.

A decision will be taken based on their views and on the announcement of the Union government,” said the CM in reply to a question from reporters at the Trichy collectorate.

“While COVID death count has drastically risen across the world. Even the developed countries are grappling with the virus. However, the TN government has taken utmost efforts to prevent deaths and have the situation under the control by implementing stringent measures,” he said.