Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till August 31

July 30, 2020: After Maharashtra government announced the extension of the lockdown on Wednesday in the entire state till 31 August midnight under its Mission Begin Again plan; the Tamil Nadu

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July 30, 2020: After Maharashtra government announced the extension of the lockdown on Wednesday in the entire state till 31 August midnight under its Mission Begin Again plan; the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday too announced the extension of lockdown in the state till August 31.

The announcement came after Centre's Unlock 3 guidelines announced earlier today, keeping in mind the activities permitted and those prohibited outside containment zones across the country.

According to the order, malls and market complexes without cinema halls, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 am and 7 pm from August 5. Wearing a mask and following social distancing norms is mandatory.

All other activities including barber shops, salons, spas etc, which were allowed earlier, will also remain open in the current order. All non-essential shops will also remain open from 9 am to 7 pm. Liquor shops will be allowed to operate if permitted for home delivery, or otherwise.

The key relaxation announced by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami is that restaurants and tea shops, which are currently allowed to give out parcels, will now be open for dine-in services on the condition that occupancy should not cross 50% of the capacity at any point. Parcel services too can now be run till 9pm.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra's overall Covid-19 caseload on Wednesday crossed 4 lakh after 9,211 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. The state's tally is at 4, 00,651, including 2, 39,755 recovered cases, 1,46,129 active cases and 14,463 deaths. Recovery rate in the state is at 59.84% and its case fatality rate is 3.61% as against national average of 2.23%.

On the other hand, Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day count for the seventh consecutive day with 6,426 fresh cases reported in the state on Wednesday, taking the state tally to 2,34,114. Among these, Chennai reported 1117 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 97,575. Tamil Nadu recorded 82 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 3741.

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