Chennai (Tamil Nadu): Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended COVID-19 restrictions till January 31 in order to contain the transmission of the virus. As per the order of the state government, people will not be allowed in all places of worship between January 14 and January 18. The state government also said that special inter-district buses for Pongal would be allowed to run only up to 75 per cent of the seating capacity.
The night curfew will continue in the state till January 31 and will remain effective from 10 pm to 5am from Mondays to Saturdays. A total lockdown will be in force on January 16 (Sunday), barring essential services.
The direction of the state government comes after Chief Minister MK Stalin chaired a meeting to review the Covid-19 and Omicron situation across Tamil Nadu earlier in the day. Tamil Nadu on Monday reported 13,990 new Covid-19 cases, 2,547 recoveries, and 11 deaths. The active cases is at 62,767.
Among the districts, Chennai with 6,190 cases contributed the most to the state’s daily tally of 13,990 followed by neighbouring Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur with 1,696 and 1,054 cases respectively. Chennai also accounted for nearly half the state’s active caseload with 30,843 patients under treatment.
The decision was announced following a review meeting by chief minister MK Stalin with state health minister Ma Subramanian and several other officials earlier in the day.
The latest spike in cases came a day after the state saw a complete lockdown with few relaxations to contain the spread of the virus.
The state has so far reported 28,14,276 confirmed infections and currently has 62,767 active cases, a bulletin from the state health department showed. The active cases spiked by 11,432 from 51,335 on Sunday. As many as 1,35,266 samples were tested for the disease in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tests to 5,86,62,798.
(With Inputs from ANI)