Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till September 30 with many relaxations

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced the extension of coronavirus-induced lockdown in the state till September 30, but with more relaxations.

In the fresh guidelines for the lockdown, all places of worship, hotels and resorts are allowed to re-open. As of Sunday, Tamil Nadu has 52,726 active cases taking the cumulative tally to 3,55,727.

The State government has increased the number of flights to arrive in Chennai to 50 from the present 25. In Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Thoothukudi and Salem the existing norms will continue, said a statement issued by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami.

Intra-district bus services (both government and private) and Chennai Metropolitan bus services will resume from September 1 with Standard Operating Procedure in place. Metro rail will commence from September 7. However, sub-urban rail services will continue to be under suspension.

From September 1, all state government offices and banks will function with 100 per cent employee strength from the present 50 per cent, the statement said.

The full curfew on Sundays has been removed from September.

The country detected 78,761 cases of the novel coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, taking the country’s tally beyond 35 lakh. Of the 35,42,734 cases of Covid-19 in India, 7,65,302 patients are under treatment for the disease, 27,13,934 have recovered and 63,498 have died, the Union Health Ministry said.

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