TN’s decision on lockdown of Chennai, Kanchi & Erode

The Tamil Nadu government will today take a decision on imposing stringent restrictive measures in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Erode districts, which figure among the 80 districts countrywide where the Centre has advised maintaining only “essential services” in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to a government official, “We will take a decision on imposing severe restrictions in these districts at a high-level meeting on Monday morning. We want to be cautious before announcing closure of establishments in Chennai and elsewhere.”

The three districts in Tamil Nadu appear on a list of 75 districts across the country where the Centre on Sunday recommended lockdown.

According to the Public Information Bureau, all the train services including sub-urban and metro services, inter-state passenger transports are suspended till March 31 in these districts. The measures have been taken to break the chain of transmission of Covid-19. The state government would take a decision on Monday, sources said.

Tamil Nadu came to a standstill on Sunday as people observed the janata curfew in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has been spreading across the country in the last few days.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 341, while the total death increased to seven on Sunday. In Tamil Nadu, seven cases have been reported so far, of which one have been discharged.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami issued an order suspending till March 31 operation of all government and private inter-State bus services. Earlier, the State had operated minimal bus services to Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Chennai Metro services have been cancelled till the month-end.