TN decides to extend lockdown and here’s why

There will be no easing of the lockdown to control coronavirus and restrictions will continue till May 3, said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. This is due to the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases in the State, which now has more than 1,500 patients infected with the virus.

The announcement was made after an expert committee, led by finance secretary S Krishnan, submitted an interim report to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. In its statement, the government cited the need to take intensive measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

“The Tamil Nadu government decides to continue the existing lockdown and other restrictions under Disaster Management Act, 2005. Exemptions to essential commodities and other services will remain,” said an official statement.

Keeping the current scenario in mind, the Tamil Nadu government announced that the COVID-19 lockdown would continue to be enforced till May 3 without any further relaxation.

The decision also meant that there would not be a relaxation for any industry in the State except for the essential services already notified.

The decision not to grant any relaxation from the lockdown was made during a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority, of which Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami is the chairperson. The SDMA also considered the views of the 21-member expert committee, tasked with formulating an exit strategy.

On April 16, both the Centre and State governments issued detailed guidelines on partial relaxation of the lockdown for various sectors from April 20 even while extending the lockdown till May 3.