On Monday, Chennai’s Chief Minister, K. Palaniswami announced 12 more days of lockdown in Chennai. The extended lockdown will start from June 19 and will last till June 30, with a full-scale shutdown on two Sundays.
He made this announcement after a meeting with an expert panel. He added that the extended lockdown will be implemented in Chennai and many areas that come under the jurisdiction of
Greater Chennai Police and situated in Tiruvallur, Chengelpet and Kancheepuram districts.
He further added that during these days of extended lockdown only essential services will be allowed.
The proposed lockdown, sans present relaxations, will be implemented from June 19 to 30 and on two Sundays (June 21 and 28) there shall be a full-scale shutdown without any relaxations, he said.
Sources said the lockdown in Chennai and its suburbs will be intense and full restrictions will operate on the two Sundays in this period. No taxis, autos and private transport will be allowed to run except for emergencies. People will have to buy essential items from within a 2 km radius. Only the working of hospitals, laboratories, and pharmacies will be allowed.
Banks will be allowed to operate with 33 percent staff only on June 29 and 30.
Chennai Extended Lockdown, No Lockdown Extension In Delhi
On the other hand, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that there was no plan for another lockdown in Delhi even as the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to spurt.
“Many people are speculating whether another lockdown in Delhi is being planned. There are no such plans,” Kejriwal tweeted.
It comes a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah held meetings with Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, and three mayors to discuss the strategy to deal with the COVID-19 situation.
Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu are COVID-19 hotspots in India. Maharashtra has the highest COVID-19 cases with Tamil Nadu as the second-highest.
On Sunday, Delhi recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,224 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 41,000, while the death toll mounted to 1,327. Moreover, India has 332K COVID-19 confirmed cases, with 170K recovered cases. The death toll in India reached to 9,520 due to COVID-19. Globally, the COVID-19 confirmed cases reached 7.69 Million. Deaths due to COVID-19 globally reached 428K mark.