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Fresh curbs in parts of Tamil Nadu as Covid cases rise

Every district, including Tiruchy, Villupuram, Theni, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli and Dharmapuri, on Sunday announced restrictions on devotees visiting temples.

Published: 02nd August 2021 05:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2021 05:14 AM   |  A+A-

A health worker takes a swab sample to test for COVID-19 at a government hospital in Noida

A health worker takes a swab sample to test for COVID-19 at a government hospital. (File Photo | AP)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI/COIMBATORE: Tamil Nadu seemed to be cruising toward normalcy over the past month, with the number of Covid cases steadily decreasing. But now, with the number of new cases on the rise again, fresh curbs, including shutting of markets and restriction of store timings, have been announced in some places. 

Every district, including Tiruchy, Villupuram, Theni, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli and Dharmapuri, on Sunday announced restrictions on devotees visiting temples.

Meanwhile in Coimbatore, with cases increasing in neighbouring Kerala and also marginally in the district, fresh restrictions were announced. Shops can only remain open between 10 am and 5 pm, and there will be additional restrictions on Sundays, the district administration said. Essential commodities, though, can be sold outside this window. Restaurants can only offer dine-in services between 8 am and 5 pm, as long as they ensure 50 per cent occupancy or less. After 5 pm, takeaway services will be allowed till 9 pm. 

Just days ago, Chennai too, faced with a marginal increase in daily cases and test positivity rate, ordered at least 10 major markets and shopping plazas in Chennai, including those in T Nagar, Purasawalkam, Chindadripet and Royapuram, to remain shut for 10 days.

Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday said it was worrying to see people thronging shops and markets without masks, and in violation of physical distancing norms. He requested the public not to let their guard down. On July 1, the State had 2,931 active cases. By July 28, the number had fallen to 1,474, before rising again to 1,627 on August 1.

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  • g chandrasekar

    I don't know why Tamil Nadu government has chosen august 5th for introducing RTPCR tests for people from Kerala when they enter the state. This should have been introduced last month itself considering the rapid increase in the incidence of corona cases in Kerala. I don't understand the soft attitude of the TN government especially when Kerala used to blame Tamil Nadu whenever the corona cases in their state increased.Initially they blamed the lorry drivers who were carrying vegetables and fruits from Tamil Nadu. Then they blamed the people of Kanyakumari district. Now the disease is spreading in bordering districts of Kanyuakumari Tenkasi Tirunelveli and Coimbatore because of the influx of people from Kerala. It is time that Tamil Nadu seals the border with Kerala forthwith
    9 months ago reply
    • Vasudevan

      Right absolutely right
      9 months ago reply
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