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Tamil Nadu reports six more coronavius cases, tally jumps to 35

PTI Chennai | Updated on March 27, 2020

As many as six more people tested positive for coronavirus in Tamil Nadu on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 35, the State government said.

Of them, five people contracted the infection through contact with those tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a tweet, the National Health Mission-Tamil Nadu said: “6 new positive cases of #Covid19 in TN...” and taking “the total tally to 35 so far.”

When asked by PTI, a senior health official said the total number of cases includes a man who has been discharged and another who died.

 

TN CM speaks to PM Modi

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami. The Prime Minister told the Chief Minister to enforce the three-week national lockdown strictly to check the spread of coronavirus and ensure availability of essential commodities for the people, the state government said.

In the telephonic conversation, Modi said that prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code and social distancing should be rigidly enforced. The Prime Minister sought to know from the Chief Minister about the coronavirus preventive measures undertaken by various government departments in the state, an official release said.

Palaniswami apprised Modi in detail about the steps being taken continuously by the state government against the contagion. “Considering public good, the Prime Minister said the prohibitory orders under Section 144 should be followed strictly and people should ensure social distancing,” the release said.

He also said steps should be taken to ensure availability of essential commodities for the people. “The Chief Minister replied that all these aspects are being fully implemented,” the release added.

The state government which had initially announced the shutdown till March 31 on Thursday extended it till April 14 in sync with the national lockdown announced by the Prime Minister.

Governor speaks to President, VP

President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit regarding the containment of COVID-19 in the state, the Raj Bhavan said. The two interacted with Governor Purohit through video conferencing, it said in a release.

Kovind and Naidu interacted with the Governor "about the overall situation prevailing in Tamil Nadu, regarding the containment measures" against the spread of coronavirus, it added.

Published on March 27, 2020

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