With Tamil Nadu witnessing a sharp increase in the COVID-19 cases, the government has announced clamping a two-week ‘total lockdown’ across the state to curb the spread of the pandemic, starting May 10.
Chief Minister M K Stalin said in a statement that the lockdown was being enforced due to ‘unavoidable reasons’ and pointed out that the decision was taken based on inputs received at a review meeting he had with district collectors on Friday, besides consultations with medical experts.
The recommendations made by the Union home and health ministries had also been factored in. “The total lockdown will be enforced from 4 am on May 10 to 4 am on May 24,” he said.
Stalin announced relaxing existing restrictions on business hours for shops on Saturday and Sunday, when a full day-long lockdown is supposed to be in effect, allowing them to remain open till 9 pm to aid people since stricter curbs would kick in from May 10.