Chennai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the surging number of coronavirus cases in the country, Tamil Nadu on Sunday extended the lockdown till May 31, announced Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

Tamil Nadu's decision to extend the lockdown came just hours after Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in India, extended the restrictions till May 31 amid the surging number of coronavirus cases.

With this, Tamil Nadu has become the fourth state after Maharashtra, Punjab and Mizoram to extend the lockdown till May 31. 

As per the Tamil Nadu government, schools, colleges, places of worship, cinema theatres and bars will continue to remain shut in the state. The state, however, has decided to give relaxations in 25 districts, including Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Namakkal, Karur, Trichy and the Nilgiris. The state government has also decided to allow people travel for essential services without e-passes. 

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In 12 other districts, including Chennai, there will be no change in the curbs and will continue as they existed during the third phase of lockdown, set to end on Sunday, said Chief Minister Palaniswami. 

So far, the dreadful coronavirus has affected more than 10,500 people and claimed the lives of over 70 people in Tamil Nadu, as per the latest data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Website. The Health Ministry data further says that more than 3,500 people have been cured in the state and discharged from hospitals.

The 54-day nationwide lockdown will end on Sunday. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the lockdown 4.0 will be completely difference, hinting at easing out curbs.

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"Scientists say that Corona will be a part of our lives for a very long time. But we can't let our lives remain confined around Corona. We will wear masks and maintain social distancing but we will not let it affect us. So lockdown 4 will be in a new form with new rules," PM Modi had said in his address.

However, many states, including Tamil Nadu, have suggested that they are not in a favour of complete resumption of train and air services but have asked the Centre to ease out the restrictions.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma