M.K. Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu said on Friday, that a committee of experts and a panel of all-party legislators are being consulted in regards to the decision of extending the lockdown. To the reporters, Stalin said that the decision of whether the curbs should be continued and if done so, what relations are to be set in place, would be all discussed with the experts and MLAs from all parties on Saturday.
The state went under lockdown on May 10th and is expected to remain so till May 24th. Several days before the end of restrictions, the Chief Minister had mentioned the elected representatives opining about extending the curbs. He said, “A decision will be taken (on the extension of lockdown) tomorrow following consultations with experts and representatives of all parties.”
In spite of lockdown being implemented, Tamil Nadu is experiencing a rise in covid cases. The state recorded its highest ever tally of 36,184 cases on Friday. The total active cases in the state stands at 2.74 lakh.
Stalin, yesterday also talked about the views of a probability of a third wave of the virus, and that the state has to be made ready to tackle the same. He said that the day when no cases emerge will be the day of joy and only then would he be happy.
The Chief Minister said that the covid spread has slowed down and the number of fresh cases have been brought under control. The reason he stated was because of the lockdown being implemented, which helped in putting a stopper in the spread of the virus.
In the last couple of days, Stalin visited Salem, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli and Madurai districts to review Covid preparations.
So far, the state has 17,70,988 cases and 19598 deaths.