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Sunday lockdown: All activities come to a halt in Tamil Nadu

PTI Chennai | Updated on July 19, 2020

Roads in Chennai bare a deserted look as authorities enforce strict lockdown measures on Sunday to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the State.   -  Bijoy Gosh

Barring milk supply and health care services, all other activities came to a halt and markets were closed down. Shops, including those selling essential commodities, were shut.

Tamil Nadu came under an intense lockdown, the third successive Sunday of full curbs without any relaxations to help fight Covid-19 and roads everywhere wore a deserted look as people stayed indoors.

Barring milk supply and health care services, all other activities came to a halt and markets were closed down. Shops, including those selling essential commodities, were shut. But for cargo trucks, other vehicles went off the roads.

For sanitary workers however, it was business as usual, as they continued their clean up work, and personnel of civic bodies conducted door-to-door surveys to detect people with flu like symptoms and fever camps were also held. State-run low cost Amma canteens also functioned.

Check posts were set up at key intersections in towns and cities, including 193 in Chennai, and at district borders as part of measures to effectively implement the complete shutdown.

“No vehicle will be allowed to ply on the roads except those for milk distribution, medical emergencies and funerals,” Chennai police said in a statement adding any other vehicle found plying without any of these valid reasons would be detained. For any queries, the traffic control room may be contacted at 044-23452330 and 23452362, the release said.

Following violations like opening of meat shops in quite a few areas like Virudhunagar district’s Aruppukottai, authorities swung into action and closed down the outlets.

Greater Chennai Corporation said from May 8 till July 18, as many as 19,151 fever camps were held, in which 11,81,205 people participated, leading to detection of 62,470 people with flu-like symptoms.

Local bodies utilise the curbs to reach out to even more people to detect a higher number of flu-like cases.

Tamil Nadu police said till date Rs 18.39 crore fine has been levied against violators of curbs and as many as 6.41 lakh vehicles seized across the state.

The State is set to witness one more ‘Sunday lockdown’ on July 26 and authorities expect such measures to augment ongoing initiatives to help slow down the spread of Covid-19 and early identification of people with flu like symptoms and treatment for those who test positive.

Published on July 19, 2020

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