Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami on Monday announced extension of lockdown in the state till April 30 and said the move was in accordance with the recommendations of medical and public health experts.

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Palaniswami, pointing out that he favoured prolonging the curbs till the end of this month in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi held on Saturday, said several other chief ministers too batted for extending restrictions.

Based on the deliberations in a meeting with the Prime Minister and in tune with the recommendations of an expert committee, public health experts and the World Health Organisation, and as per a Cabinet decision, the "lockdown is extended till April 30 as per CrPc and the Disaster Management Act 2005.

PM Modi will address the nation on April 14 amid states desiring lockdown extension:

 PM Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10am on Tuesday (April 14) as he is expected to talk to the nation on extension on lockdown.

2 days ago, he had met with several chief ministers of different states who had sought from him an extension of the lockdown to further curb the spread of the virus. Though the PM had nodded his head in approval, he also told the CMs that the economy too can’t be ignored.