In Coimbatore, the shutdown came into force from Saturday evening itself due to the rise in cases. The arterial roads and commercial hubs in Gandhipuram, which witnessed a mad rush on Saturday evening, was completely deserted without any public movement on Sunday.
Like in the previous weeks, there was full compliance on this Sunday too, as shops and commercial establishments remained shut, while essential services like milk were allowed. Violators were slapped with fines. Only police were spotted on roads on their routine rounds.
Even as uncertainty prevails over extending the lockdown, the district has been witnessing a spurt in COVID-19 infections. A day after recording the highest ever single-day count of 270 positive cases on Saturday, Coimbatore district on Sunday had 220 new infections taking the total tally to 3,459. Of this, 1,491 are under treatment and 39 persons have so far succumbed. Followed by Coimbatore, Salem recorded 162 fresh cases and reached a total of 3,001 cases.
The lockdown was near total in The Nilgiris too, where people stayed indoors and vehicles were off the roads, with commercial establishments shutting down shutters in Ooty, Coonoor, Gudalur and Pandalur areas. Similar stringent measures by police ensured that the lockdown was strictly followed by people in other Western districts on Sunday.