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Though several schools had asked the parents to comply with the government order, many refused citing threat from the pandemic to their wards in the backdrop of increasing coronavirus cases. “The government did not want to put the lives of the young minds to peril,” a senior official at the state Secretariat said.
On Tuesday, Tamil Nadu reported 5,546 new Covid-19 cases and 70 fatalities, taking the total infections in the state to 5,91,943, including 9,453 deaths. Palaniswami, who held a virtual meeting with the district collectors and senior officials, and reviewed the situation arising due to the pandemic, announced the extension of the lockdown till October 31.
In a statement, he said restrictions would continue to remain in the containment zones. Educational institutions, entertainment centers and museums will continue to remain closed and suburban train service will remain suspended. However, the number of domestic flights to arrive at Chennai airport will be doubled to one hundred per day, he said.
Cinema shootings will be allowed to continue but with a ceiling of 100 people at a time. Tea shops and restaurants are allowed to function from 6 am to 9 pm and take away services will be allowed till 10 pm. He said government and government-affiliated institutes can function adhering to standard operating procedures.