CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu saw an enormous surge in the number of Covid-cases on Monday with a whopping 527 people testing positive for the infection, a government media bulletin confirmed.

The number of children below the age of 12 who have tested positive stood at 190.

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.

Chennai is the worst-hit district in the State with the total number of cases standing at 1724. On Monday alone, Chennai accounted for 266 cases while 122 were reported in Cuddalore and 49 in Villupuram.

One more death was reported in the State taking the death toll to 31.

This brings the total tally in the State to 3,550 positive cases with 2,107 active cases. On Monday, the government said 30 patients were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries in the State to 1409.

Of the 3,550 positive cases, 2392 are male, 1157 female and one is a transgender patient.

So far, 1,62,970 samples and 1,53,489 persons have been tested.

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