Coronavirus: India’s Chennai to reimpose COVID-19 lockdown as infections spike

A police officer wearing a helmet and holding shields depicting coronavirus walks in a market area in Chennai. (File photo: Reuters)

A lockdown will be reimposed Friday on some 15 million people in the Indian city of Chennai and several neighboring districts, state officials said, as coronavirus cases surge in the region.

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“Full Lockdown from 19th for Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet & Kanchipuram districts,” the Tamil Nadu state government tweeted Monday.

It will be in place until the end of June.

India has gradually lifted a nationwide lockdown over the past few weeks even as new infections continue rising.

Last Update: Monday, 15 June 2020 KSA 16:02 - GMT 13:02