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TN extends lockdown till July 31 after Health Experts Committee advised against extension

The Committee urged the government to increase the restrictions in areas where the health indicators were not satisfactory but did not suggest lockdown extension in the districts, including Chennai, that are under a complete lockdown till Tuesday.

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Last Updated: Jun 29, 2020, 08.36 PM IST
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Chennai and neighbouring districts like Chengelpet, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram have been under an intense 12-day lockdown from June 19.
The Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended the lockdown in the state to July 31 and announced an 'intense lockdown' in Chennai and parts of Chengalpet, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Madurai till July 5.

This comes after the Health Experts Committee which held a discussion with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the Secretariat on Monday morning did not recommend an extension of lockdown.

The State witnessed the highest ever spike in cases with 3949 people testing positive for the infection on Monday.

The Committee urged the government to increase the restrictions in areas where the health indicators were not satisfactory but did not suggest lockdown extension in the districts, including Chennai, that are under a complete lockdown till Tuesday.

This is the seventh meeting the committee has had with the Chief Minister since March. Dr Sowmya Swaminathan joined the meeting via video conferencing from Geneva.

The expert committee has advised the state government that restricting public transportation, wearing masks, social distancing, and hand hygiene will help to break the chain.

Tamil Nadu witnessed 3,940 Covid-19 cases on Sunday and 3,949 cases on Monday. With this, the total tally of cases has risen to 86,224.

Further, 62 patients succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll to 1141 on Monday.

As many as 47,749 have been discharged from the hospitals after fully recovering from the virus. The recoveries also include 2,212 new recoveries on Monday alone.

Chennai recorded over 2000 cases for the first time. It continues to be the worst affected district in the State with 55,969 cases in all and 2,167 of which were on Monday.

Chennai and neighbouring districts like Chengelpet, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram have been under an intense 12-day lockdown from June 19.
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