The lockdown is aimed at preventing a Coronavirus breakout in India. [98][99], India had already been experiencing a prolonged economic slowdown. Currently, there are over 400 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in India, of which there have been 7 deaths. [162], Economist Jean Drèze stated that the lockdown had been "almost a death sentence" for the underprivileged of the country, in an interview with News18. [86] Following the lockdown, India's electricity demand fell down to a five-month low on 28 March. [144] A priest in Andhra Pradesh was arrested for defying the lockdown and organizing a gathering of 150 people in a church. [127] However, on 9 April 2020, economists and activists argued that a significant proportion of the affected population was unable to avail the facilities. -Exhibition halls will be allowed to function only for business-to-business purposes after following the SOPs. 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Lockdown date: People will be allowed to exercise outdoors with members of their household under the lockdown rules (Image: GETTY) As of … [61], The government also announced certain relaxations from 20 April, allowing agricultural businesses, including dairy, aquaculture and plantations, as well as shops selling farming supplies, to open. [83] The government of India has extended the ban on scheduled international flights till January 31. [126], On 26 March 2020, the Indian government announced a relief package of $22.6 billion to assist the poor population hit economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. [147][148], Shamika Ravi from Brookings Institution in India has noted that the growth rate of the pandemic has slowed from that of doubling every three days before the lockdown to doubling every six days by 6 April. [29] Educational institutions, industrial establishments and hospitality services were also suspended. [28] The Prime Minister also urged the youth to inform 10 others about Janata Curfew and encourage everyone to observe the curfew. DECCAN CHRONICLE. Again social distancing norms were to be followed. [73], In future phases of reopening, further activities are to be permitted. Stay with us for all the latest updates from Chennai … [65] [15] Unlock 3.0 was announced for August. The lockdown will be imposed from 19th to 30th June. [32], One of the major development was around the re-opening of wine shops. The doubling rate of cases stood at 13.5 days. Reports of a surge in illicit liquor sales and most importantly, drying up of revenue from liquor sale was the main stimulation. [48], Prior to the announcement of the nationwide lockdown, on 22 March, the government had announced that the Indian Railways would suspend passenger operations through 31 March. Shops were permitted to allow more than five persons at a time. Police personnel stand guard at a barricade during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, at East Coast road (ECR), in Chennai. Of the 2,532 [44] Several states announced relief funds for the poor and affected people[44] while the central government was finalising a stimulus package. [46] The package was aimed to provide food security measures for poor households through direct cash transfers, free cereal and cooking gas for three months. Lockdown compliance in Chennai least in Tamil Nadu: IIT study. On 27 October 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued guidelines for activities permitted in Unlock 6.0. It was ordered after a 14-hour voluntary public curfew on 22 March, followed by enforcement of a series of regulations in the country's COVID-19 affected regions. Palaniswami said that the lockdown in the four cities will be implemented strictly, starting April 26 at 6am and ending at 9pm on April 29. The government faced criticism from the opposition. Lockdown shall remain in force strictly in the Containment Zones till 30 November 2020. 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The areas that were able to do so would be released from the lockdown on 20 April. Complete lockdown in five TN cities including Chennai and Coimbatore for 4 days Coronavirus Coronavirus Friday, April 24, 2020 - 14:38 Megha Kaveri Follow @meghakaveri It was termed as "Unlock 1.0". Red zones were further divided into to containment and buffer zones. Published Jul 12, 2020, 8:58 am IST. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced complete lockdown, with the exception of essential services, in Chennai … It went into a strict lockdown in March when the confirmed caseload was in the hundreds. [42] People were hurrying to stock essentials in some parts. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announces 'maximized restricted lockdown' from 19th to 30th June in areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and … [23] He said that the only solution to control the spread of coronavirus was to break the cycle of transmission through social distancing. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced an extension of the general COVID-19 lockdown till midnight Dec 31, 2020 subject to certain relaxations. [85] Thousands of people emigrated out of major Indian cities, as they became jobless after the lockdown. Official data suggests the decision prevented the loss of between 37,000 and 78,000 lives. - Final year undergraduate courses in all colleges and universities and medical courses (undergraduate and postgraduate) to start from December 7, 2020. 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Permission from the District Collectors and from Greater Chennai Police (for Chennai meetings) are necessary. Chennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday asked why can't complete lockdown be implemented for some time in Chennai while observing that … In Phase III, easing of restrictions on international air travel, operation of metros and recreational activities (swimming pools, gymnasiums, theatres, entertainment parks, bars, auditoriums and assembly halls) would be decided upon in August. Normal movement is permitted in green zones with buses limited to 50 percent capacity. [124], The order issued by the Home Ministry on 24 March allowed the functioning of shops dealing with food items as well as the manufacturing units and transportation of "essential goods". [89][90], Due to the lockdown, more than 350 deaths were reported as of 10 May, with reasons ranging from starvation, suicides,[91] exhaustion,[92] road and rail accidents,[93] police brutality[94][95][96] and denial of timely medical care. Chennai alone accounts for 71.49% of all cases in the state. In places other than Chennai, SEZs, EoU, industrial parks and industrial estates can function with 50 per cent workers. [55][56], As the end of the initial lockdown period came near, many state governments expressed their decision to extend it till the end of April. Educational institutions, metros, recreational activities remained closed till 31 July. This first phase of reopening was termed as "Unlock 1.0"[13] and permitted shopping malls, religious places, hotels and restaurants to reopen from 8 June. [120][121], Despite the launching of special trains and buses by the government, the migrant workers chose to either travel together in large groups. It was derailed in the intervening period by the Tablighi Jamaat super spreader event in Nizamuddin. Based on estimation models from various independent sources and MoSPI it was predicted that lockdown (1.0 + 2.0) helped avert 14-29 lakh cases and 37,000-78,000 deaths till 15 May. would be available. "Essential commodities, medicines etc. [154], In late March, two researchers from the University of Cambridge came up with a new mathematical model that predicts a flat 49-day countrywide lockdown or sustained lockdown with periodic relaxation extending over two months may be necessary to prevent COVID-19 resurgence in India. PUBG Mobile India release date, trailer, FAU-G launch date - Latest updates... Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Date, history and importance of Vinayak Chaturthi. [10] He said that every town, every police station area and every state would be carefully evaluated to see if it had contained the spread. [136], People were seen breaching the lockdown and not following social distancing by crowding in vegetable markets in some places. Honor V40 renders leaked online ahead of launch, check specification, price, PUBG Mobile India launching tomorrow? The Tamil Nadu Government has ordered a complete lockdown of Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem and Madurai, as the number of Coronavirus cases have increasing rapidly in these cities. [156], The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) issued a report in late March, in collaboration with researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University, where it said that a national lockdown is not "productive" and could cause "serious economic damage". [153] On 3 April 2020, Dr David Nabarro, WHO's special envoy on the disease, said that the "Lockdown in India was early, far-sighted and courageous" and was better than waiting for another 3 or 4 weeks. Chennai Lockdown: Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu — these four districts of Tamil Nadu are under complete lockdown starting from today. [1] It was ordered after a 14-hour voluntary public curfew on 22 March, followed by enforcement of a series of regulations in the country's COVID-19 affected regions. The IIT-Madras team mapped the mobility data of Facebook users in every district in Tamil Nadu, and came up with an analysis on how lockdown compliance in Chennai was far less than in other districts. The municipal corporations of Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore will enforce a total shutdown for four days starting 6 am on April 26 (Sunday) to 9 … [16] Similarly, Unlock 4.0 was announced for September[17] and Unlock 5.0 for the month of October. Orange zones would allow only private and hired vehicles but no public transportation. A view of deserted Mount Road in Chennai during the lockdown - April 26, 2020 - PTI Photo According to the reports, the strict embargo has shut down the retail grocery and vegetable stores in five corporations leaving the residents to rely on the wholesale markets as the government aims to refrain the movements of the people to prevent them from the human to human transmitting virus. [60], On 16 April, lockdown areas were classified as "red zone", indicating the presence of infection hotspots, "orange zone" indicating some infection, and "green zone" with no infections. Lockdown restrictions in Maharashtra extended till January 31 "The state is threatened with the spread of COVID-19 virus. It will be implemented across 75 districts in the country. Express Photo Tamil Nadu Coronavirus June 18, 19 Highlights: Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts will go on an intense 12-day lockdown from today in a bid to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases in the districts. 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