Chennai roads deserted as the city observes lockdown

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu: The roads of Chennai wore a deserted look as the city observed lockdown as part of complete lockdown on all Sundays in Tamil Nadu, amid rising COVID-19 cases.

There are currently 1,31,007 active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu. The cumulative death toll of the state stood at 36,967. The cumulative recoveries in the state stood at 27,47,974.

Earlier on 11 January, 2022, Tamil Nadu Health Minister MA Subramanian said that there is no need for a lockdown in the state amid rising COVID-19 cases.

"There is no need for full lockdown as of now. CM has asserted that the economy should not be affected, restricted lockdown enough for now," Subramanian had said on 11 January, 2022.

Earlier on 10 January, 2022, the Tamil Nadu government extended COVID-19 restrictions till 31 January, 2022, in order to contain the transmission of the virus.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the existing Covid-19 restrictions in Tamil Nadu, including the closing of schools from classes 1 to 9, kindergarten, coaching centres and limited seating capacity in public transport, have been extended to 31 January, 2022.

According to the state government circular, devotees will not be allowed in all places of worship between 14 January, 2022, and 18 January, 2022. The special inter-district buses for Pongal will run at 75 percent capacity.

Barring flights, suburban and other train operations, bus and other public transport services, including the Metro rail, has been suspended. People are allowed to attend family functions, including marriages, during the Sunday lockdown. According to the state government, only 100 people are allowed to attend marriages.

According to a Press Trust of India report, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly known as the Vandalur zoo, would be closed to the public till 31 January, 2022, a senior official said on 15 January, 2022.

To avoid rapid spread of COVID-19, the zoological park would be closed to public from 17 January, 2022 to 31 January, 2022, an official release said.

The night curfew will continue in the state is extended till 31 January, 2022, and will remain effective from 10 pm to 5 am from Mondays to Saturdays. A total lockdown will be in force on 16 January, 2022, barring essential services.

According to the Union health ministry, Tamil Nadu along with seven others states has emerged as states of concern with high Covid-19 cases and positivity rate.

With input from agencies

 

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