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In the wake of the coronavirus, Tamil Nadu imposed a curfew from March 24, 2020, AIIMS hospital shut down its OPD, and the Parliament of India adjourned Sine Die on March 23, 2020.

The tweet by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and press releases by AIIMS and Ministry of Parliament Affairs confirms the claim.

The tweet by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and press releases by AIIMS and Ministry of Parliament Affairs confirms the claim.The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu tweeted on March 23, 2020, that Tamil Nadu government imposed Section 144 throughout the state, starting March 24, 2020, until March 31. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 authorises the Executive Magistrate of any state or territory to issue an order to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area. According to the law, every member of such 'unlawful assembly' can be booked for engaging in rioting. The state has also announced the closing of district borders and asked people to remain indoors to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 virus.

The press release by AIIMS on March 23, 2020, states that all OPD services including speciality services, all new and follow up patients registration in AIIMS hospital and all centres will remain closed from March 24 till further orders.

The press release by the Ministry of Parliament Affairs on March 23, 2020, states that the Parliament of India is adjourned sine die on 23 March 2020 amid growing concerns over the Covid-19 outbreak and the effective lockdown across several parts of India. The session was earlier scheduled to conclude on April 3.

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