New Delhi: In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases across the state, the Edappadi Karuppa Palaniswami-led Tamil Nadu government on Monday decided to extend COVID-19 restrictions in the state till December 30. The decision was taken after discussions with medical, public health experts and District Collectors.Also Read - Employees Back to Office, But More Than 70% of TCS Techies Likely to Work From Home Till The End of 2022. Deets Here

Issuing a statement, the state government announced that the undergraduate (UG) final year classes can resume from December 7 while the famous Marina Beach in Chennai can reopen after December 14. Also Read - Indian Railways Ticket Booking Rule Changed! Senior Citizens Will No Longer Get Concession | Details Here

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Barring the COVID-19 hotspots, the following relaxations are applicable along with the existing ones:

Indoor social, political and religious congregations allowed subject to 50 per cent seating capacity and not exceeding 200 persons from Tuesday to December 31. Permission from the District Collectors and from Greater Chennai Police (for Chennai meetings) are necessary.

Based on the coronavirus spread, permission for outdoor meetings will be decided.

The existing system of E-registration for those coming to Tamil Nadu from states other than Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Union Territory of Puducherry would continue.

Exhibition halls will be allowed to function only for business to business purposes after following SOP.

Marina and other beaches will be open for public from December 12 depending on the coronavirus spread subject to following SOP.

Swimming pools for training purposes will be allowed to function following standard operating procedures (SOP).

For the first year college students’ classes for the academic year will commence from Tuesday.

COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu:

A total of 7,77,616 persons were infected with coronavirus in Tamil Nadu and 754,826 persons were cured and 11,109 persons are undergoing treatment in the state while the death rate is 1.5 per cent.

Addressing the District Collectors through video conference, the chief minister said that the per day coronavirus infected persons has come down to about 1,500 now in the state.

“The infection rate has come down owing to steps taken by the state like holding about 5.22 lakh fever camps- in which about 2.79 crore people got their check up and about 11.46 lakh persons were detected to have fever- door-to-door temperature monitoring and other preventive measures like distribution of kabasurakudineer (a herbal drink) in Covid-19 infected areas”, Palaniswami said.