TN to decide on extension of lockdown on Saturday

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami is scheduled to chair a videoconference meeting with all District Collectors on Friday. On Saturday, he is scheduled to hold a meeting with public health and medical experts.

Palaniswami has been taking decisions on extending the lockdown only after meetings with medical experts, Collectors and other officers. Meanwhile, DMK president M K Stalin has asked the State government to present a fresh budget for Tamil Nadu.

The estimates and assumptions, on state’s own revenue, in the budget presented on February 14, 2020 have gone haywire due to Covid-19 and lockdown impact.

Chennai has been facing new challenges throughout the lockdown. In March, it was the Tablighi Jamaat cluster. By April 24, a new one emerged at the Koyambedu wholesale market. In early May, there was a rapid rise in cases in several localities. Now, returnees from other countries or states are the new challenge.

Hours before domestic flights resumed amid coronavirus lockdown, Tamil Nadu on Sunday agreed to allow 25 flights to land in Chennai every day as it listed SOPs for the passengers. The state, which has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in India, had earlier written to the centre asking for domestic air travel to be deferred to the lockdown’s end on May 31. Chennai is one of the worst affected cities in the country, Edappadi K. Palaniswami government had said.

In Tamil Nadu, a 14-day quarantine will be mandatory for both asymptomatic and symptomatic passengers and they can chose to be isolated at their homes or a hotel, the state has said.

COVID-19 lockdown in Tamil Nadu has been extended till May 31 with more relaxations, chief minister K Palaniswami said recently. The Tamil Nadu chief minister announced some new relaxations such as resumption of public transport in 25 districts after a pause of nearly two months.