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31 Jul 2020 | 12:06 PM UTC

India: Authorities extend lockdown in Tamil Nadu state until August 31 /update 59

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Authorities extend lockdown measures in Tamil Nadu state until August 31; heed official instructions

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Tamil Nadu

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Authorities have announced that lockdown measures in Tamil Nadu state will be extended until August 31 due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under these regulations, a nighttime curfew is in place between 21:00 and 06:00 (local time). On every Sunday in August, a complete lockdown will occur, whereby the movement of people and goods will be restricted. Restrictions in currently established containment zones, a full list of which can be found here, will not be relaxed until further notice. Metro, electric train services, and buses remain suspended; however, major railways continue to operate as previously. Shops, marketplaces, and restaurants are restricted to operating between 06:00 and 19:00.

As of Friday, July 31, there have been 1,638,321 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 35,743 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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