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During the complete lockdown, essential services like milk, ATM centres, hospitals, hospital-related works, goods transportation, petrol bunks will be operational. (PTI)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Live News: Amid surging Covid cases, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended the existing Covid restrictions till January 31, imposing fresh curbs restricting entry into religious places of worship from January 14 to 18, to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Night curfew, which was imposed from January 6, will continue till this month-end and there will be complete lockdown on January 16 (Sunday), the government said.

Tamil Nadu today reported 13,990 fresh infections, while active cases soared to 62,767. On Sunday, the state had recorded 12,895 new coronavirus cases in a single day.

In view of the mid-January Pongal (harvest) festival, the government has allowed travel in state-run buses with 75 per cent occupancy to enable the people to reach their native districts. Further, worship in all religious places of worship has been disallowed from January 14 to 18 in a bid to prevent crowding.

Tamil Nadu records 13,990 positive cases, 11 deaths; state govt permits Jallikattu with strict precautions in place; university exams in TN postponed indefinitely, says govt. Follow live updates.