No tea shops in TN from today, new hospitals to come up, cops disrupt those on roads

Tea shops have been ordered to close from today in Tamil Nadu, as people are found thronging the outlets during the lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to set up new hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is holding a high level meeting to review the situation today.

Those who come out are facing the music from the police, as cops question people on roads and direct them to go back to homes. While some policemen are kind, some cops are acting tough. Even a doctor was attacked.

Eight more patients — including four Indonesians — have tested positive for the virus in the state. The total number of positive cases in Tamil Nadu now stands at 26.

The Covid-19 control room was able to map out a clear cluster of infected cases and high-risk contacts in Vellore, Erode, Salem, Sivagangai and Dindigal. Among the clusters were four Indonesian nationals and their Chennai-based guide, said health minister C Vijayabaskar.

Amid mounting cases across the country, the State recording its first casualty and positive cases jumping to 23, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has allayed the fears of the people and appealed to them to united irrespective of caste, creed, religion and language, to fight unitedly and drive out the deadly coronovirus, which has claimed thousands of lives globally.

Beginning his televised address that he was speaking not as Chief Minister but as a member of the family of the people of the State, he said, at a time when the State entered into the 21-day lockdown mode, people should take a pledge to safeguard Tamil Nadu from the deadly virus, which was spreading like wildfire across the world and protect the welfare of the people of the State.