Lokdown extension in TN: Final decision today

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who on Wednesday discussed with District Collectors on extension of Covid-19 induced lockdown, will take a final decision on it today after holding discussionsn with medical experts.

According to reports, lockdown with relaxations, currently in force across Tamil Nadu, is likely to continue until August-end. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit isolated himself for a week based on doctor’s advise, as three more people in the Raj Bhavan here have tested positive for Covid-19.

With July coming to an end, all eyes are on Tamil Nadu government’s lockdown plan for August. Following the Chief Minister’s meeting with medical experts and district Collectors on Wednesday, important announcements relating to the relaxations or tightening of lockdown norms that will be adopted by the state are expected to be made.

According to reports, there is a strong indication that the state government may resume inter-district bus transport. However, this may not happen within Chennai city limits. It is being speculated that the status quo will continue in the state, with some new relaxations.

In his address at a meeting of all district collectors via video-conferencing from the state secretariat to take stock of the prevailing COVID-19 situation and
to decide on whether to extend lockdown 6.0 or not after July 31, the CM said the testing rate was highest in Tamil Nadu and stood first among all states in the country.

He said till date 24.7 lakh samples were tested in the State, which was the highest in the country and door to door testing was being done to identify those having virus symptoms.

Notably, in June, Palaniswami announced that the state would be divided into eight zones for the sake of transportation. Districts falling under zones one to six are allowed to operate bus transport services with 50% occupancy beginning June 1.