Tamil Nadu witnessed its sharpest rise yet of COVID-19 patients on Monday, with a record 527 cases. The fresh cases were reported from 19 districts, with Chennai accounting for 266 of them and Cuddalore witnessing a sudden spike, recording 122 cases in a single day.
This shocking development came on a day when the government restricted lockdown restrictions. The total number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 3,550 in the State. Twenty more children — aged 0 to 12 — have tested positive, and among them are a newborn in Cuddalore, a three-day-old and a 10-day-old in Chennai.
A large number of these cases are said to be linked to the Koyambedu wholesale market in Chennai. A massive contact tracing operation is underway in Tamil Nadu to identify people who have visited or worked at Koyambedu market in Chennai.
The Koyambedu market has been closed until further orders. Alternative arrangements have been made as more than 300 people who worked or visited the market tested positive for Coronavirus.
According to the bulletin issued by the health department, the total number of active cases in the state stands at 2,107. A total of 1,409 COVID-19 patients have been cured or discharged in the state while a total of 31 patients have lost their lives due to the virus.
There are a total of 50 functioning COVID -19 testing facilities in Tamil Nadu which includes 36 government and 14 private facilities. Last week, the Koyambedu market, one of the largest in the country for vegetables, flowers and fruits, emerged as a hotspot in Chennai.
State authorities said that a majority of the new Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu are linked to the Koyambedu Wholesale Market in Chennai. Now, the Koyembedu Market Complex has been temporarily shut after it emerged as a hotspot for Covid-19 cases in the state.