Tamil Nadu: MK Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, and higher officials decided to extend the lockdown restrictions till June 14, although fewer relaxations are likely to be imposed.
A meeting was conducted by the CM and officials that lasted for more than two hours, came to a conclusion of extending the lockdown in the state. Top officials are in favor of offering few relaxations in the districts with lower positivity rates. Medical experts in the state also supported the decision of increasing the lockdown duration, as it can potentially help in breaking the chain of the virus from further spreading.
As per the reports, there is a decline in the active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu however some districts of the state still remain worst affected. Tamil Nadu’s districts including Coimbatore, Chennai, Erode, Trichy are recording more than a thousand cases every day. Due to this, the state government has decided to increase the lockdown duration by one more week.
Tamil Nadu’s overall Covid-19 positivity rate is on a decline but the positivity rate of districts individually is relatively high. The government has decided to stick to its existing lockdown plan until the situation gets better. Once the state is completely prepared to fight against the third wave of the virus, we can reopen without any restrictions., the CM of Tamil Nadu said.
Also, as of now the first priority for the government is to make sure the people aged between 45-60+ are vaccinated, especially those with comorbidities.
Yesterday, the Karnataka government also announced extending the lockdown till June 14, while offering fewer relaxations in districts with low positivity rates. The CM of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin said, “We want this to end soon, we cannot keep extending the lockdown. Once the spread of the virus is in control, the state can reopen without any restrictions.”