After recording a marginal rise of new COVID-19 cases in the last couple of days, Tamil Nadu reported a massive spike on Tuesday, with the daily number shooting up to 2,731 cases.
Of the new cases, as many as 1,489 were in Chennai, while its neighbours Chengalpattu added 290 cases and Tiruvallur 147. Coimbatore, which was second only to Chennai till recently, is fourth with 120 cases, and Vellore (105) was the other district that had more than 100 new cases.
There were 48 imported cases, which included 17 from Bangladesh and 10 from West Bengal, who came to the State by road. Among other foreign nationals were one from Ghana and another from UAE. The sudden surge has taken the number of active cases in Tamil Nadu to 12,412. A total of 1,03,798 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5,78,57,004. As many as 15 districts reported new infections in single digits while Mayiladuthurai added zero new cases, the bulletin said.
Recording a rise of more than 600 cases in a day, Chennai logged 1,489 new COVID infections on Tuesday. The city accounted for more than half of the new cases reported in the State in a day.