Chennai, Tamil Nadu Highlights: Tamil Nadu logged 15,379 fresh Covid-19 cases and 20 deaths today. With today’s numbers, the state’s active caseload has reached 75,083. Among districts, Chennai reported the highest number of Covid-19 infections with 6484 cases followed by Chengalpattu (1665).
Meanwhile, ruling out a possibility of a lockdown in Tamil Nadu after Pongal, state Health Minister Ma Subramanian said following safety guidelines issued by the government and wearing masks are enough to tackle the current scenario of Covid-19.
In other news, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended the existing Covid restrictions till January 31, imposing fresh curbs restricting entry into religious places of worship from January 14 to 18, to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Night curfew, which was imposed from January 6, will continue till this month-end and there will be complete lockdown on January 16 (Sunday), the government said.
In view of the mid-January Pongal (harvest) festival, the government has allowed travel in state-run buses with 75 per cent occupancy to enable the people to reach their native districts. Further, worship in all religious places of worship has been disallowed from January 14 to 18 in a bid to prevent crowding.