Chennai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced 'maximised restricted lockdown' from June 19 to June 20 in four districts of the state.

In a statement, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that 'maximised restricted lockdown' will be imposed in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur districts which come under Metropolitan Chennai Police limits from June 19.

During the 12 day period, only essential services will be allowed with restrictions, he said while adding that the proposed lockdown, sans present relaxations, will be implemented from June 19 to 30 and on two Sundays (June 21 and 28) there shall be a full scale shutdown without any relaxations.

The decision has been taken in wake of the alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state. Tamil is the third worst-state in India by the novel coronavirus and has reported over 44,500 COVID-19 cases and more than 400 deaths. The active number of coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu stands at 19,679. 

According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the recovery rate in Tamil Nadu is 54.56 per cent as more than 24,500 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

Earlier, an expert committee which met Palaniswami on Monday, also said that it has advised the Tamil Nadu government on scaling down lockdown relaxations and preventing the further spread of coronavirus.

Amid continuing surge in the number of fresh coronavirus cases in the State, Dr P Kuganantham, a senior epidemiologist and member of the 19-member expert committee on COVID-19 set up by the government, said, "We have given advice (to the government) on cutting down relaxations and (further) prevent the spread of virus and the government will take a decision."

This is the fifth meeting of the expert committee with the government and several experts including Dr Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist with WHO and Dr Prabhdeep Kaur, public health expert with Indian Council for Medical Research - National Institute of Epidemiology here took part in the meeting through a virtual link.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma