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Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till March 31, offices asked to stagger work hours

The second phase of vaccination will begin from Mondy in the state, with people over the age of 60, and those over 45 but with co-morbidities, in line to get the shot

Published: 01st March 2021 12:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st March 2021 12:45 AM   |  A+A-

A health worker collects a swab sample from a man to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Photo| M K Ashok Kumar, EPS)

A health worker collects a swab sample from a man to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Photo| M K Ashok Kumar, EPS)

By Online Desk

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has decided to extend it's existing COVID restrictions and statewide lockdown till March 31. This will mean that office, shops, and industrial and commercial establishments will continue with staggered working hours.

Authorities have not brought in any new rules but have listed out advisories issued by the Centre. Police and municipal authorities have been directed to ensure that the use of face masks in public and social distancing is strictly maintained.

The second phase of vaccination will begin from Mondy in the state, with people over the age of 60, and those over 45 but with co-morbidities, in line to get the shot.

Vaccinations will be free of cost at government-run facilities and be capped at ₹ 250 per dose in private hospitals and clinics.

Tamil Nadu recorded 479 fresh coronavirus cases and three more deaths, taking the overall caseload to 8.51 lakh and the toll to 12,496, the health department said on Sunday.

Recoveries eclipsed new cases with 490 people being discharged, taking the cumulative number to 8,35,024, leaving 4,022 active cases in the state.

Chennai accounted for the maximum number of infections with 182, taking the total to 2,35,532 till date.

The metropolis also accounted for a little over one-third of the COVID-19 fatalities at 4,153 deaths.



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  • Yuvraj Aravind

    Is Chennai in Lockdown? I don't think so. Also people are less aware of the seriousness of this second wave of virus. Politicians and government officials need to concentrate on saving TN people rather than elections. Tough regulations needs to implemented on politicians who are out canvasing for votes. As leaders they should enforce on wearing of masks in public place. I do not see anyone talking about that they are all concentrating on winning election. I am not against politicians or politics Just a Concerned Citizen
    30 days ago reply
    • jeni anto

      Do not play coronavirus scare. It is a disease in existence for last 20 years and is with most of the animals. It is a pharma scam with it being identified in 2019 and all vaccines and allied medical services being sold by businessmen
      24 days ago reply
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