Corona outbreak: What TN people should do during section 144 lockdown?

As the state of Tamil Nadu is just minutes ahead of going into a statewide curfew under section 144 to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and to shield the state from the potential risk posed by the global pandemic, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister appealed to the people to strictly observe the directives and advisories from the government to refrain from giving the space for the micro menace.

While addressing the legislative assembly on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has rolled out the instructions to the people to go through the ordeal and the unprecedented lockdown. He said that the government of Tamil Nadu has been carrying out the precautions and preventive measures on war foot to contain the spread of the virus. Section 144 would come to effect at 6 pm on Tuesday and the temporary embargo would also shut down the borders of all the districts across the state by limiting and restricting the movements of people and vehicles. The Chief Minister called on the people to remain co-operative during the period of lockdown.

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami addressing the assembly - File photo


He further appealed to the people to stay indoors under self-isolation and they can make travels only if it becomes essential. He asked the people to avoid mass gatherings, as section 144 prohibits the unlawful assembly, and called the people to approach the doctors if they develop the symptoms for the virus and people must take appropriate treatment to the illness. By citing that the Coronavirus has become the deadliest epidemic, he advised the people not to have any personal contact with the affected patients and asked the people who returned from abroad to go under complete testing.

Passengers crowded at Koyambedu bus terminus in Chennai, Tamil Nadu to board the buses to their respective hometowns with the view of exiting the city ahead of the statewide curfew - March 23, 2020 - PTI Photo


The Chief Minister stated that the state government has installed extensive screening mechanisms and has been testing all the passengers arrived from foreign countries and all the asymptomatic passengers have been isolated and kept under quarantine in the hospitals. He added that one of the positive cases in the state had recovered and discharged from the hospital after the doctors had given appropriate treatments to cure the pandemic and he advised the affected people not to caught up with panic as the government has set up isolation wards, deployed sufficient medical staff for treating the patients.

With having the adequate mechanisms to treat the virus, Edappadi Palaniswami has asked the affected and asymptomatic people to get treated in the hospital. He divulged that the government has quarantined the people who returned from abroad and he asked them to maintain social distancing from getting close to the disinfected people. The government has installed a 24/7 helpline number for further assistance (1800 120 555550).

People wearing protective masks at Chennai airport in the wake of the Coronavirus


The people can reach out to the helpline number to report about the symptoms and he appealed to the people to extend the cooperation to the government under the basis of 'Prevention is better than cure'. According to the latest reports, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary has convened the meeting with various district secretaries in the wake of implementing the curfew under section 144. The curfew would be in place till March 31st, 2020 and the state government has ordered to shut down all the establishments apart from the essential services to contain the spread. As of Tuesday, the state has reported with 15 positive cases so far with one being recovered while the rest have been getting treated across the state.

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