Lockdown Extension News: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday announced that a complete shutdown will be reimposed in Madurai and area limits of adjoining rural civic bodies of Paravai & Thiruparankundram panchayats till July 12. The decision has been taken in a bid to combat the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 1 lakh people across the state.Also Read - Covid-19 Pandemic Far From Over, Says Health Ministry as Surge in Cases Noted Globally

In a statement, Palaniswami said the government had earlier announced complete lockdown in areas within Madurai Corporation limits, Paravai Town Panchayat and rural blocks of Madurai East, Madurai West and Thirupparankundram from June 24 to July 5.  He said the complete lockdown has been further extended for seven days from July 6 to July 12. During the lockdown period essential services will continue. Also Read - SL vs IND 2021: Second T20I Postponed After Krunal Pandya Tests Positive For Covid-19

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Notably, a strict lockdown is already in place in Madurai, Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur till July 5. Last month on June 29, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended the statewide lockdown till July 31.

Earlier on Friday, Tamil Nadu crossed the one lakh mark in terms of number of persons infected by coronavirus.

On the positive side, 2,357 Covid-19 patients were cured and discharged from various hospitals in the state, taking the total number of Covid-19 cured to 58,378.

Chennai continued to be the worst-affected city in the state with total 64,689 cases. The active cases in Chennai stands at 23,581.