The Tamil Nadu government in a circular announced that movie theatres and malls in Taluks bordering other states, in 16 districts, will be shut down until the end of this month.
According to the government’s order, the theaters and malls in districts which border other states will only remain closed.
While there is no announcement about the rest of the districts, it can be expected that the government will issue a fresh order regarding the decision for the remaining districts.
The 16 districts include Theni, Kanyakumari, Thirupur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Krishnagiri, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Tirupattur, Ranipet, Erode, Dindigul, Dharmapuri and Virudhunagar. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami also appealed to people to reduce travelling to other states in the country at least for the next 15 days.
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The CM had previously announced the shutting down of schools for students in kindergarten to class 5 across the state. The CM also appealed to people against gathering in huge numbers and to practice good self-hygiene.
He also ordered released Rs 60 crore from the State Disaster relief fund to spruce up the preventive mechanism for containing the spread of the virus, which, however, has infected only one person in the state so far.
So far, a total of 79 samples have been taken from people in the state. Speaking to TNM, Dr Kolandasamy, Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine says for one to be tested, they will have to fall under the testing criteria.
“There is a testing criterion – there must be travel history, symptoms or they must come under the list of contacts of someone suspected to be affected by the virus. In TN we had only one positive case and we took samples from 8 family members. Whereas in Kerala, the number of infected 19, they might have taken at least 8-10 samples per case. Naturally, their number will go up to 200.”
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