Corona outbreak: Tamil Nadu goes under self-lockdown over the curfew!

The state of Tamil Nadu has been going through the major lockdown since the start of the nationwide 'Janata curfew' to observe social distancing with the view of containing and combating the spread of the Coronavirus as the pandemic has infected 332 Indians so far in the territory.

As announced earlier by the Tamil Nadu government, the bus and metro rails services have been suspended on Sunday while the busy roads of the state have gone silent due to the minimal movements of the vehicles as most of the state's population have been staying at home to maintain social distancing and avoid unnecessary gatherings. The state, which currently houses five positive cases due to the epidemic, has joined the nation to observe the Janata curfew on Sunday and it has also been strengthening the preventive measures to tackle the virus which has shaped into a global menace from being a Wuhan epicentric virus.

The aerial view of Chennai Central Railway station as one of the city's busiest roads filled with fewer vehicle movements in the wake of the curfew - March 22, 2020


The busiest and congested roads in Chennai including Mount Road, Cathedral Road, Kamarajar Salai, Old Mahabalipuram Road, GST Road, GN Chetty Road, and East Coast Road have gone quiet with fewer vehicle movements as all the weekend destinations including malls, theaters, shops, bars, parks, and private establishments were closed and will remain closed till March 31st, 2020.

With the view of having the movement of the essential services, the local trains are railing on limited service with minimum numbers of commuters. The reports say for every one hour from 6 am to 11 am and from 6 pm to 10 pm on Sunday, the trains from Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu; Moore Market complex - Arakkonam; Moore Marker complex - Gummidipundi will be functioning.

The aerial view of the Marina Beach with its empty shore as it has been closed for public to contain the spread of the pandemic - March 21, 2020


However, the fuel stations will remain open on Sunday amid the curfew and these stations would be offering fuels for unavoidable and emergency transportation. The state government has announced that some of the essential shops like pharmacies, grocery stores, and the government established 'Amma Unavagam' will be functioning on Sunday while most of the establishments including Tasmac would shut down. Earlier, the state government has ordered to shut down the schools, colleges, universities, malls, theaters, bars, parks, tourist spots, temples and holy places, and private establishments until March 31st, 2020. On Saturday, the Chennai Corporation has announced that the beaches in Chennai - Marina Beach, Besant Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, and Palavakkam beaches would be closed to the public until further orders.

The always busy Old Mahabalipuram road, which is the IT expressway of Chennai, has turned silent with no vehicle movements - March 22, 2020


The public and private libraries would also be closed from March 21st to 31st. On Saturday, the state has reported with three fresh cases for Coronavirus as two Thailand nationals and one New Zealander who arrived in Chennai had tested positive for the virus. With the current count, the state has recorded six cases so far and one of the cases has recovered and discharged while the rest have been quarantined and receiving treatments at the isolation wards installed in the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai. Health Minister Vijayabaskar appealed to the people to stay vigilant rather than celebrating the holiday.

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