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The Tamil Nadu government on Friday extended the Covid-induced lockdown restrictions till 5 July. However, some Covid-19 restrictions have been eased in certain districts.

The ongoing lockdown was supposed to end at 6 am on 28 June. It must also be noted that there are nine cases of the new Delta Plus variant of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu.

The relaxations in lockdown norms, effective 28 June, include re-opening places of worship and malls in four districts and resumption of public transport in 23 other districts.

Let's take a look at the new Covid-19 guidelines:

  • Gyms, yoga centres (50% occupancy), museums and protected monuments would open in a total of 27 districts from 10 am to 5 pm and barring 11 other districts, including Coimbatore and Thanjavur.
  • Also, people would have access to beaches between 5 am and 9 am across the state, an official release here said.
  • Bars and cinemas will remain closed.
  • Shopping complexes, malls and places of worship would re-open in four districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengelpet in northern Tamil Nadu with relatively less number of cases and which fall in the third category.
  • All kinds of textile showrooms, and jewelleries could operate in these four districts by allowing a maximum of 50% customers.
  • Private establishments could work with 100% workforce in Chennai and three other districts.
  • The government has categorised 38 districts into three separate groups in keeping with the incidence of Covid-19 cases for the purpose of easing curbs.
  • Non-airconditioned bus services, including inter-district operations, shall resume with 50% occupancy in as many as 23 other districts in the second group.
  • Bus services are already operational only in Chennai, and three nearby districts, including Chengelpet.
  • In the first category of 11 other districts with comparatively more cases, the time duration for the functioning of a variety of retail outlets besides tea shops have been extended till 7 pm (previously upto 2 pm for certain shops and 5 pm for others).
  • In these districts under the first group, government offices related to essential services would operate with 100% employees and those in other wings shall work with 50% workforce.
  • Government offices in other regions already work with full strength. These 11 districts include seven in western parts (including Coimbatore) and four in the Cauvery delta region like Thanjavur.
  • The e-pass requirement has been largely dispensed within districts under group two and three and for purposes of attending marriage functions in category one areas, an e-pass would be needed.
  • The 23 districts in the second category include Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Kanyakumari, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Ranipet and Sivaganga.

Effective 14 June, the government allowed more relaxations for 27 districts and it includes re-opening of government-run retail liquor outlets and salons.

With a spike in Covid-19 cases, the TN government clamped a lockdown from 10. Following a gradual decrease in the number of cases, the government has been relaxing curbs more and more in a phased manner.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 6,162 fresh coronavirus cases, including three returnees from Andhra Pradesh, pushing the overall caseload to 24.49 lakh while the toll mounted to 31,901 with 155 additional deaths.

As many as 9,046 people got discharged today, taking the total recoveries to 23,67,831 leaving 49,845 active infections, a medical bulletin said on Thursday.

Coimbatore and Erode reported an excess of 500 cases each while 18 districts reported new infections in double digits. Chennai registered 372 cases aggregating to 5,30,789 till date.

The number of COVID-19 related fatalities in the State capital also reached 8,131. The testing of RT-PCR samples stood at 1,70,283 in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 3.18 crore.

As many as 28 victims were patients without any co-morbidity or pre-existing illness including a 26-year-old girl from Krishnagiri who succumbed due to COVID-19 pneumonia.

Meanwhile, Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said a 32-year-old nurse who tested positive for the new Delta Plus variant, the first such case in Tamil Nadu, has recovered.

"The symptoms were mild and she recovered after completing home quarantine for 14 days. She is hale and healthy now and has joined duty..," he told reporters.

The family members and her colleagues also tested 'negative' for the virus. In another related development, Kattur village in Tiruvarur district has become the first in the state to vaccinate all its residents.

The population in the village was 3,332 people of which 998 were above the age of 18 years. Awareness among the people on vaccination is increasing and till date 1.28 crore people have received the jabs. "On an average three lakh people a day get the shots," he noted.

Subramanian said those affected by the 'Black Fungus' disease have been included under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance scheme apart from the Covid-19 patients and till date 423 people were covered under the scheme.

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