Chennai: Amid the rapidly increasing number of daily COVID-19 cases across the nation, the Tamil Nadu government announced that a 14-day total lockdown will be imposed in the state, starting from May 10. This decision came after the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the state.
In view of the new restrictions, the government revealed that all grocery stores will remain open until 12 pm. Meanwhile, restaurants have been granted permission to stay open only for takeaway services over the next two weeks.
The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) shops have also been instructed to remain closed.
Furthermore, all non-essential services in state department will remain closed. Secretariat, health, revenue, disaster management, police, fire service, prison departments, local administration, EB, PWD, social welfare, forests department will stay function.
Similar restrictions on cinemas, multiplexes, theatres, gyms, recreation clubs, bars, auditoriums, meeting halls, and other similar places will continue.
Keeping the number above the dangerous 4-lakh mark for the third consecutive day in a row, India reported more than 4,01,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the country recorded 4,01,078 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning. A slight decrease of nearly 13,000 cases was seen from a previous day high of 4,14,188 infections on May 7.
These new jump in cases has pushed the country’s total tally to 2,18,92,676 in the country as on May 8.
As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, more than 4,100 deaths were reported in India. As per the ministry, as many as 4,187 mortalities were reported, an increase from previous day in the last 24 hours. This is also the highest number of deaths reported in India due to COVID-19. On Friday, 3,915 deaths reported. With more than 4,100 deaths the total death tally in the country rose to 2,38,270 lives lost to date.