New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced extension of lockdown in the state till July 31. The move comes amid the sharp spike in coronavirus cases and deaths in the state. 

Meanwhile, intense lockdown in Chennai, Madurai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Thiruvalluvar has been extended till July 5. A complete shutdown was announced in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu from July 16-30.  

Schools, colleges, malls, resorts, lodges, cinema halls, and bars would continue to be shut and religious
congregations and prayers in places of worship in urban regions are banned.

Travel to tourist places like Nilgiris, Kodaikanal and Yercaud for non-residents and for tourism purposes is not
allowed, an official release said.

The current phase of the lockdown, which was first imposed in late March, ends on June 30 and it has been now extended for one more month.

The extension of lockdown also comes a day before the first stage of Centre's phased lockdown exit plan comes to an end. The Unlock 1.0 had allowed reopening of shopping malls, religious places and uninterrupted intra- and inter-state travel. 

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra had announced extension of lockdown till July 31. 

Coronavirus cases continued to surge in Tamil Nadu with the state on Monday reporting nearly 4,000 fresh cases and the tally crossed 86,000 while 62 more deaths brought the toll to 1,141. 

Chennai recorded 2,167 of the 3,949 new cases in the state and nearby Chengelpet reported 187, Tiruvallur 154 and Madurai 303.The remainder was scattered in other districtsTamil Nadu's tally stood at 86,224 while Chennai's share was 55,969.

Posted By: abhinav gupta