With just two days to go for the national lockdown to conclude, there are unconfirmed reports making rounds that the lockdown in Tamil Nadu will be extended based on the reports received from the district monitoring officers and the expert health committee.
After higher education minister KP Anbhazhagan tested positive a senior minister wanted the lockdown to continue to Chennai, but again a few ministers want the lockdown to be lifted after improving the bed capacity. “Some officials and the industry captains are against complete lockdown as it only delays the epidemic peak adding to the financial crisis. But health experts want the extension as they are pinning hopes on arrival of new drugs like remdesivir, fabiflu, enoxaparin and tocilizumab to reduce the mortality rate,” a senior official who is also a district monitoring officer said.
According to secretariat sources, Chief Secretary K Shanmugam is also getting inputs from the senior IAS officers deputed to districts to monitor the COVID pandemic works. “For Chennai, the decision to relax the restrictions will be based on the recovery rate. However, schools and public transport will continue to be under lockdown,” said a senior public health department official.