The total number of coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu went up to 6,535 after 526 fresh cases were reported in past 24 hours. Till date, Chennai has reported over 3,000 cases while 1,867 cases are linked to Chennai’s Koyambedu wholesale market, identified as a hotspot. In Tamil Nadu, 1,824 coronavirus patients have been discharged after treatment.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) and his deputy O Panneerselvam on Saturday inspected Thirumazhisai satellite township where the vegetable market will be shifted from Koyambedu amid the coronavirus induced lockdown. The market at Thirumazhisai will be functional from May 11.
Tamil Nadu has reported 44 deaths so far from coronavirus-related complications, with four deaths reported on Saturday.
Koyambedu wholesale market attracts people from across Tamil Nadu who come here to sell their products or seeking work.
“Koyambedu market is the only source of vegetable trading for the farmers of border areas of Chittoor. In fact, it is the biggest market in South India and is stretched over 65 acres. Every day, a large number of farmers from Palamaneru, Madanapalle, Satyavedu, and Kuppam have been regularly going to Koyambedu to sell vegetables during the lockdown,” Chittoor district collector Dr N Bharat Gupta was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
The state government has advised people to strictly adhere to health and travel advisories issued by the government.