Covid: TN CM chairs high-level meet

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today conveneed an urgent high-level meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the State.

The meeting took place with Ministers and senior officials of the health and police among other departments.

This comes after a massive spike in cases in the last few days. After seven months, the daily cases in Tamilnadu have crossed the 6,000 mark and 2,124 infections recorded in Chennai Sunday.

“Things such as extending the existing restrictions and whether to conduct class 10 and 12 public exams or not were discussed in today’s meeting,” sources said.

A few days ago, while stating that a full lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 would not be necessary if government guidelines are followed, Palaniswami had however said but if the number of positive cases increases, a discussion would be held with medical experts and the government would adhere to their advice.

Speaking to reporters in Salem after taking his second dose of Covid vaccine, Palaniswami said corona cases were gradually increasing, and appealed to the public to follow all guidelines.

Amid sharp increase in Covid positive cases with the daily tally crossing the 4,000 mark, the Tamilnadu government on Thursday announced several restrictions from 10 April to prevent the spread of virus.

An official release here said temple all festivals, religious events and congregations were banned from 10 April.

The government also banned small traders at the Koyambedu wholesale market alone and also in major and whosale markets in the districts.

While restricting fruit and vegetables shops, shopping malls, large format stores, jewellery stores to operate only with 50 per cent capacity till 11 pm, it also said that only 50 per cent capacity allowed at tea shops, restaurants, allowed to operate till 11 pm with dining and take aways.

Similarly only 50 per cent capacity will be allowed in the recreation clubs, entertainment and amusement parks, large event venues, zoos, parks, museums.

The release said theatres, cinema screens in malls and stand alone theatres were allowed to function with only 50 per cent capacity from the present 100 per cent.

Only 200 people will be allowed in social, political, educational, entertainment, sporting and cultural events in indoor venues, while buses between districts and the MTC services in Chennai city (MTC) will be allowed to operate with only seated passengers.


NT Bureau