Tamil Nadu govt extends COVID-19 lockdown till July 31 with some relaxations
Tamil Nadu government on Friday extended the ongoing lockdown restrictions till July 31 with additional relaxations. Tamil Nadu on July 16 logged 2,312 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 25,31,118. The COVID death toll increased to 33,652 as 46 people succumbed to the deadly contagious virus.
Tamil Nadu lockdown: What is allowed, what is not
According to the new order, swimming pools, bars, educational institutions, zoos and theatres will remain closed.
Inter-state transport services will remain prohibited except for the to and fro service to Puducherry.
No social/ political/ cultural/ sports events will be allowed till July 31.
Marriage-related gatherings are allowed up to 50 persons.
Gatherings related to funeral/last rites are allowed up to attendance of 20 persons
Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), industrial schools, and typewriting training institutes are permitted to operate with 50 per cent of students on a rotational basis.
Teachers can come to schools for admission related work and distribution of textbooks and other administrative works.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala on the COVID-19 situation in the respective states.
During his interaction with the six CMs, PM Modi reiterated the need to adopt the 'Test Track, Treat and Teeka' strategy to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
"We have to take proactive measures to prevent the possibility of the third wave of COVID-19. Coronavirus is not over, pictures of post unlocking behaviour worrisome," PM said.
"He (prime minister) emphasised need to follow protocol and avoid crowding as many states in the meeting have metropolitan cities with dense population. He also called upon political parties, social organizations, and NGOs to spread awareness among people," the PMO said while releasing the minutes of the meeting.
During his interaction with PM, CM Stalin urged the central government to provide one crore COVID vaccine doses.
"However, when compared with other states, the allocation for our state is very less. To handle this tough situation, I had requested a special allocation of one crore vaccine doses. I look forward to your support in this important issue," Stalin told PM Modi.