Coronavirus India: Complete lockdown in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore from April 26 to 29

24 April, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

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Coronavirus India: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami has announced a complete lockdown in the state from April 26 to 29. Salem and Tiruppur will also be on a lockdown for 3 days.

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced a complete lockdown in the areas of Chennai, Madurai, and Coimbatore from April 26 to 29 between 6 am to 9 pm to contain the spread of novel-coronavirus-COVID-19. A 3-day complete lockdown has also been announced in Salem and Tiruppur. As a precautionary measure, all the shops, barring pharmacies and medical services, will be closed.

Amma canteens, ATM, Koyambedu markets, other wholesale markets, mobile vegetable markets, online food delivery apps Swiggy and Zomato and community kitchens run by government will remain operational. Government offices like secretariat, health department, police, revenue, electricity and local bodies will carry out essential work but with only 33% workforce. The employees of IT companies have also been advised to work from home.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has reported 1682 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, including 752 cured/discharged and 20 deaths. Of which, 400 cases have been reported in Chennai, 134 cases in Coimbatore, 52 cases in Madurai, 24 cases in Salem and 110 cases in Tirupur. While lockdown in India has been extended in India till May 3, the government of Tamil Nadu has made it more stringent to control the spread of coronavirus in cities.

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The total number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 23,000 mark. In the last 24 hours, 1684 new cases and 37 deaths have been recorded taking the total number of confirmed cases of 23,077. Of the 23,077 confirmed cases, there are 17610 active cases, 4749 cured/discharged/migrated and 718 deaths.

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