Tamilnadu Cabinet meet to take final decision on lockdown

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Chennai: Hours after a video conference meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which started this morning, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will chair a meeting of Tamilnadu Cabinet this evening, to take final call on extension of lockdown in the State.

The State Cabinet is scheduled to meet at 5 pm today where a decision on extending the lockdown would be taken, official sources said.

Palaniswami on Friday chaired a meeting via video conferencing from the Secretariat with medical teams deployed to control the spread of coronavirus.

Chief Secretary K Shanmugam and senior officials were also present during the meeting. Shanmugam said the Centre has released additional funds to the tune of Rs 314 crore for corona relief and preventive measures in addition to Rs 510 crore sanctioned in the first phase.

The State government was not relying on funds from the Centre and has been using the State’s funds also towards corona relief, he added.

In the State, Chennai, with seven new cases, topped the list with 172 cases, followed by Coimbatore, which reported a whopping 26 cases today (86), Erode (60), Tirunelveli (56) and Dindugul (54).


NT Bureau