Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News July 29, 30 Highlights: The Tamil Nadu government has extended the lockdown across the state till August 31. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami after a meeting with district collectors and health experts. A complete lockdown will be observed every Sunday. The e-pass system, which is used by private vehicles for inter-district travel, will be continued till August 31.
The government has extended by an hour, till 7 pm, the timing of all shops and marketplaces. Night curfew will remain in place from 9 pm onward. Schools and colleges will remain closed until further notice. The government has removed restrictions on the sale of e-commerce products.
The Metro and electric train services will remain closed. The ban on international flights will also remain, except for operations approved by the central government. The ban of buses will also continue. The existing operations of the Railways will continue.
Further, restaurants will be allowed to operate from 6 am to 7 pm with 50 per cent capacity. Restaurants can continue home delivery services till 9 pm. The ban on air conditioners in restaurants will continue.
Theatres, gyms, swimming pools and parks will remain closed across the state.
“The expeditious measures taken by the Tamil Nadu government to contain the spread of coronavirus has helped reduce the Covid-19 fatality rate to 1.6 per cent in the state and enhance the recovery rate to 73 per cent”, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Wednesday.
“Overcoming the challenges posed by the coronavirus, my government strived to improve the health of the people besides the fiscal health of the state. The government ensured uninterrupted availability of essential commodities during the four months of lockdown,” he added, in an address at a conference of district collectors.
Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day count for the seventh consecutive day with 6,426 fresh cases reported in the state on Wednesday, taking the state tally to 2,34,114. Among these, Chennai reported 1117 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 97,575. Tamil Nadu recorded 82 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 3741.