Tamil Nadu Lockdown Latest News: In view of the constant rise of coronavirus cases, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday decided to extend the statewide lockdown till midnight on August 31, with a few relaxations. The state government has also imposed a total lockdown, barring only essential services, on every Sunday of the month. Also Read - RIP Rahat Indori! Celebrated Poet Dies at 70 Owing to Cardiac Arrest After Testing COVID-19 Positive, Know All About The Heart Condition That Took His Life

Notably, the announcement was made on the latest bulletin of the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu after a two-day cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Eddapadi K Palaniswami. Also Read - ‘Sputnik V’: Russia Says it Has Received Orders From 20 Countries For 1 Billion Doses of Vaccine

The chief minister also clarified that the ongoing e-pass system used by private vehicles for inter-district travel will be continued till August 31. Also Read - Rahat Indori Passes Away Due to Cardiac Arrest After Testing Positive For COVID-19 At 70

In the meeting, the district collectors and health experts discussed changes needed in containment measures for areas that have a high number of coronavirus infection.

“The expeditious measures taken by the Tamil Nadu government to contain the spread of coronavirus has helped reduce the Covid-19 fatality rate to 1.6 per cent in the state and enhance the recovery rate to 73 per cent,” Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said at the conference.

“Overcoming the challenges posed by the coronavirus, my government strived to improve the health of the people besides the fiscal health of the state,” he added.

On Wednesday, Tamil Nadu recorded the highest single-day count for the seventh consecutive day with 6,426 fresh cases, taking the state COVID-19 tally to 2,34,114. Out of these, state capital Chennai alone reported 1,117 positive cases, mounting to a city total of 97,575.