To prevent the surging positive cases of COVID 19 virus in the state, Tamil nadu government has imposed a full lockdown from 10th of May to 24. The order was issued a day after the state recorded its biggest day spike of over 26,000 new COVID infections. The newly elected Chief Minister MK Stalin said that the lockdown was being enforced due to “unavoidable reasons” in his statement. The decision, Mr Stalin added, was taken based on inputs received at a review meeting he had with district collectors on Friday, besides consultations with medical experts.
It has been reported that the full lockdown will be enforced from 4 AM of May 10 to 4 AM of 24th May. Banks and ration shops are allowed to function with 50 % staffs and restaurants will be allowed to give takeaways for the customers. The order said that no cabs, auto rickshaws should function unless it’s for funeral, hospital or wedding emergency. The order came in as MK Stalin’s first ever major decision.
The 26,465 new cases on Friday has pushed the caseload in Tamil nadu to 13,23,965. Up to 197 virus-related deaths were also reported during the period, taking the total number of fatalities to 15,171. In view of total lockdown, the government has allowed shops to function till 9 o clock on Saturday and Sunday. All private offices, institutions, IT, ITES will be disallowed to function. All beaches, schools, sports halls, religious places, colleges, universities, Beauty saloons, Street food vendors are advised to remain shut. Tasmac is prohibited from functioning.
பொதுமுடக்க காலத்தில் தடுப்பூசி போட மருத்துவமனைகளுக்கு செல்ல தடை இல்லை… #TamilNadulockdown— Karthigaichelvan S (@karthickselvaa) May 8, 2021
As soon as the announcement on the lockdown emerged, reactions from the Tamil nadu based online users started pouring from all the directions. With people getting panicked about the current situation, light mannered jokes on how they spent the first lockdown are also flooding the internet. Check out some of them below :
சீட்டு கட்டு, தாய கட்டை, கேரம் போர்ட்டு புவுடர் வேற என்ன வாங்கனும்— 🌟ஜால்ரா காக்கா🌟 (@krishnaskyblue) May 8, 2021
டைம் மெஷின்லாம் கண்டுபிடிக்கவே வேணாம் போல. கொரோனா ஒன்னு போதும். இந்தா திரும்ப 2020க்கு போனாப்புல இருக்கு 🙈— Sonia Arunkumar (@rajakumaari) May 8, 2021
போன லாக்டவுன்ல நிறைய பேருக்கு ரெண்டாவது குழந்தை பிறந்துச்சு. அவங்கெல்லாம் இந்த தடவை கவனமா இருக்கனும்.— விமலிசம் (@vemalism) May 8, 2021
Complete lockdown in Tamilnadu— Nigun (@nigun67792253) May 8, 2021
As usual people hoarding for essential pic.twitter.com/vTDxJtI6BQ