To curb the spread of COVID-19, security arrangements in Chennai have been intensified. Chennai going to have another complete lockdown. In the morning of Friday, the city was installed with iron barricades to restrict public vehicles movement.
Roads like Anna Salai along with most bridges will be closed for traffic. Moreover, Friday morning only vehicles with essential services were out.
Across the city 280 places have been marked with Vehicle checkpoints. These places have vehicle checkpoints along with other check posts in border areas. Police personnel, both law and order and traffic jointly, are stopping vehicles at vantage points on arterial roads and checking the passes produced. Only after credentials are ascertained are people allowed to proceed, and the police were seen seizing vehicles from motorists who have no valid reason to be out.
A.K. Viswanathan, City’s police commissioner launched drone cameras to monitor movements on roads.
Appealing to the public to co-operate for implementing the present lockdown, Mr. Viswanathan said, “The lockdown will be implemented strictly. People are requested not to leave their homes without a valid reason. They should not use vehicles to buy essentials or travel long distances. The vehicles of violators will be seized. Already, our personnel have begun to seize the vehicles.”
Chennai Lockdown With Strictness
He further added that shopkeepers should follow the time limitations strictly. Both owners and salespersons should wear face masks and gloves, he further said. All shops should have sanitizers and no air conditioners will be allowed to open. The city police commissioner warned of the closure of commercial establishments or shops if they are responsible for spreading the disease.
Top police officers said no leniency will be shown to violators not will they be let off after a novel punishment and that the 12-day lockdown will be implemented intensively. Moreover, cases will be booked straight away, vehicles will be seized, they said.
On Friday, India recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day with 13,586 fresh cases. Moreover, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India reached to 3,80,532. Further, the death toll due to COVID-19 in India rose to 12,573 with 336 new deaths, as per the United Health ministry data.