In the highest-ever one-day spike of persons testing positive for Covid-19, novel coronavirus, Tamil Nadu added 2,532 positive cases on Sunday, taking the total number of confirmed positive patients in the state till date to 59,377.
Of the new cases on Sunday, Chennai alone added 1,493, even as 53 deaths took the total death toll due to the virus to 757.
While he galloping numbers both in the districts and in Chennai is beginning to put pressure on the government, officials said the increasing numbers are due to increased testing.
“We have intensified testing ever since the new lockdown came into force. A total of 31,401 samples were tested on Sunday and 33,231 samples on Saturday. These are the highest number of Covid-19 tests conducted in a single day in Tamilnadu,” officials said.
The state has tested only 31,401 samples on Sunday compared to 32,186 on Saturday. While the infection rate is increasing, the number of infections among the elderly, children and those with co-morbid conditions is also on the rise.
As per the media bulletin released by the state health department, a total of 2,934 children under the age group of 12 are infected.
At least 2,532 people confirmed positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. Chennai and three other districts in the southern states were under the lockdown till the end of the month to curb the virus spread.