The government of Tamil Nadu, in southern India, extended its lockdown Saturday, introducing stricter measures to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The order, which extended the lockdown for another seven days, was issued on the same day that the state reported 19,598 new cases, according to a report.
More than 1.7 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, which has reported more than 19,500 deaths in India’s sixth most populous state.
Shops are scheduled to remain open late on the weekend in order to allow people to stock up on essentials, and only the most essential services, such as pharmacies and government offices, will be allowed to remain open, according to reports.
A COVID-19 patient on oxygen support waiting for admission lies on chairs outside the Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital in Chennai, India on May 17, 2021.AP