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In pictures | Markets in Tamil Nadu see huge crowds ahead of complete lockdown

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Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced on April 24 that a complete lockdown would be imposed in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore Municipal Corporations to curb the spread of COVID-19, from 6 a.m. on April 26 to 9 p.m. on April 29; and in Salem and Tiruppur Municipal Corporations from 6 a.m. on April 26 to 9 p.m. on April 28.

The announcement triggered panic buying on Saturday, April 25, as people thronged market areas and grocery shops. Here are some pictures of the frenzy.

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