Covid in Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu reports 64 fresh cases of Covid-19 as five cities enter complete lockdown

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu reported one more death and 64 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Sunday as five cities in the State went into a total lockdown, a government media bulletin confirmed.

The bulletin said those between the age group of 13-60 were the most affected in the State with the maximum number of cases (1554) falling within that age bracket. Further, of the total Out of the total 1,885 cases in Tamil Nadu, 1,279 were men and 606 were women. Further, 110 children under the age of 12 have been affected by Coronavirus.

Chennai crossed the 500 mark on Sunday with the total number of cases in the city touching 523. On Sunday alone, 28 of the 64 fresh cases were from Chennai and the total number of cases in the State rose to 1,885. Recoveries in the State reached 1,020 patients with 60 patients being discharged on Sunday.

The State has recorded 24 deaths so far. The latest one being that of a 42-year-old male who had been admitted to a private hospital in Chennai and passed away on Saturday.

The number of active cases in the State went up marginally from 835 on Saturday to 838 on Sunday.

In all, 29,056 people are under home quarantine, 26 in government quarantine facilities, and 1,838 people are under isolation at hospitals across the state. So far 87,605 samples have been tested in the State and 79,586 individuals have been tested so far in the state.

Chaos ensues after total lockdown announcement:

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced a complete lockdown from April 26 to April 29 in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and till April 28 in Salem and Tirupur.

A day after the announcement, these cities witnessed large scale panic buying. Scores of people queued up outside grocery stores on Saturday and in many instances, all protocols of social distancing were forgotten.

This comes after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said all shops, except pharmacies, would remain shut during the complete lockdown which is what drove citizens to stock up on essentials.

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