Why Tamil Nadu decided to intensify lockdown for 4 days?

Tamil Nadu Government ordered a complete lockdown of Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem and Madurai, with the number of Coronavirus cases increasing rapidly.

The decision was taken after Chief Minister K Palaniswami chaired a review meeting on coronavirus spread in the state.

The government announced an intensive lockdown in five cities on Friday — Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem and Tirupur. The intensified lockdown is aimed at further restricting the movement of people in these cities which have witnessed a spike in infections, said officials.

Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai will enforce intensified lockdown for a four-day period — Sunday (April 26) to Wednesday (April 29) — while Salem and Tirupur will implement it for three days, ending Tuesday (April 28). In a separate order, the district administrations of Chengalputtu, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur have also extended the same set of restrictions.

In a statement after reviewing the situation with the committee of medical and healthcare experts, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said the total lockdown would be in force in these Corporations from 0600 hrs on April 26 to 2100 hrs on April 29.

He also announced total lockdown in Salem and Tiruppur Corporations
from 0600 hrs on April 26 to 2100 hrs on April 28. He said though the spread of the contagian was controlled to some extent in rural areas, the intensity of its spread was high in urban areas, especially in thickly populated areas.

According to officials of the Health Department, the State has a present stock of 68 lakh triple-layer masks, 5 lakh N95 masks and 3.6 lakh personal protective equipment (PPE). There are a total of 1.2 lakh RT-PCR testing kits.