TN to continue restrictions on schools, colleges, cinema

Tamil Nadu is limping back to normalcy as the spread of coronavirus has started dipping  owing to concerted efforts taken by the government, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Wednesday. He told the Opposition parties to stop malicious campaign against the government regarding its handling the pandemic.

Schools, colleges and cinemas in Tamil Nadu may have to remain closed for some more time. Citing hard-won gains against COVID-19, District Collectors and other top officials said it would be prudent to bring down the numbers further before exploring the possibility of further relaxations.

On Wednesday, the CM had conducted a virtual meeting with district collectors to take stock of the coronavirus situation and the way ahead.

Addressing the district collectors, he laid down a target for them to undertake measures to ensure that the COVID-19 cases are brought down even further before Deepavali.

The Chief Minister urged the officials to take necessary measures to ensure that COVID-19 cases are brought down to less than 100, in the case of districts with over 100 cases. In districts with less than 100 cases, the cases should be brought down to less than 50, he added.

“Due to concerted efforts taken by the government, Tamil Nadu has started limping back to normalcy whereas, the neighbouring States, which were glorified by the Opposition parties, are now witnessing a rise in infection.

So, from now on, the Opposition parties should stop their malicious campaign against the government.  Frontline staff has worked hard to control the infection and in this effort, many have lost their lives.  Keeping these facts in mind, the Opposition parties should stop issuing confusing statements to gain political mileage,” Palaniswami added.