The Tamil Nadu government on July 30 extended the COVID-19 induced lockdown in the state till August 9. According to the order released by the MK Stalin- led government, action will be taken against commercial and other establishments that allow more customers than what is permitted in the COVID guidelines.
As per the order, the same restriction will remain in place in the state.
Inter-state bus transport (private and government), cinema halls, bars/pubs, swimming pools, cultural/political events involving the public, educational institutions, and zoos will remain shut, the new order read.
Districts such as Chennai, Coimbatore, Chengalpattu and Kallakuruchi remain under a stern watch, after the case graphs showed a bottoming out and northward reversal, reported News18.
According to the report, the state government has directed the district collectors and the police personnel to strictly enforce the prescribed guidelines. Places where crowding of people could be observed continuously, the government has also empowered the collectors, corporation commissioners and the police to lockdown the area completely considering public welfare.
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This comes as the state reported a marginal increase in the new COVID-19 cases after a decline seen in the last couple of months, said the Health Department of the State on July 29.With 1,859 new cases, the tally went up to 25,55,664 till date. Fatalities rose to 34,023 with 28 people dead in the last 24 hours.