The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced the extension of coronavirus lockdown in the state till May 31.
The announcement comes at a time when the nationwide lockdown 3.0, which started from May 4, is expiring on Sunday (May 17).
The Tamil Nadu government first ordered shutting down of educational institutions, malls, theatres and bars from March 16 to 31. It was then extended till April 14 to commensurate with the nationwide lockdown.
However, the Tamil Nadu government last week announced a slew of relaxations to businesses that operate in the non-containment zones although no relaxation was allowed in Chennai, which remains a hotbed of covid-19 cases.
The total number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state as on Saturday stands at 10,585, out of which 3,538 were discharged while 6,970 patients are still under treatment.