Lockdown in Tamil Nadu extended till July 31

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday announced the extension of the lockdown in the state till July 31 with some relaxation.

In the latest set of relaxations announced by the Tamil Nadu government, Industrial Training Institutions (ITIs), Industrial schools, typewriting and shorthand training centers can function at 50 percent. Schools (only teachers) will be permitted to carry out activities such as admissions, book distribution, preparing curriculum and related official work. These new set of relaxations would come into effect from 19 July, Monday.

Despite the daily new cases hovering around the 2,500 mark, the state government is exercising abundant precaution by not throwing open entertainment and recreation venues. Cinema halls, all bars and pubs, swimming pools, cultural or political events that are open to public, entertainment, sporting and cultural events, zoos would remain closed.

Inter-state bus transport would continue to remain suspended, with buses to Puducherry remaining an exception.

The existing cap of 50 attendees at weddings and 20 attendees at funerals would continue. Other relaxations with regards shops, hotels, malls, offices etc. would continue as per the existing guidelines.

Tamil Nadu reported 2,312 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the caseload to 25,31,118, the health department said on Friday.The number of fatalities mounted to 33,652 with 46 more people succumbing to the virus in the last 24 hours. Recoveries outnumbered new infections with 2,986 people getting discharged, aggregating to 24,68,236 leaving 29,230 active cases, a health department bulletin said.

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