After a slight let-up, the number of new Covid cases in Tamil Nadu jumped to 639 on Monday, taking the total to 11,224. With four more deaths, the toll reached 78, Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar reported.
In a press release, said of the total, 558 tested positive in Tamil Nadu and 81 were those who had come from Maharashtra( 73 cases), Telangana ( two ), Andhra Pradesh (one), and Karnataka and Rajasthan (two each), taking the total to 639.
With 634 discharged on Monday, the total number of those cured were 4,172.
Of the four who died of covid in the last two days, two were men from Tiruvallur and two women from Chennai .
In keeping with the current trend, Chennai reported 480 new cases out of the 558 cases recorded within the State, taking the total to 6,750, more than half of the total.
The 81 cases imported from Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were reported to have spread across the State. Chennai had one case each from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Kallakurichi reported three new cases, plus 14 from Maharashtra, taking the total to 95.
Karur reported 16 cases, all from Maharashtra, taking the total to 72. Madurai reported 10 new cases, plus two from Maharashtra and one from Karnataka, totalling 160.
Salem recorded nine new cases, all from Telangana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, taking the total to 44. Sivaganga saw four cases to the tally, all from Maharashtra, taking the total to 26. Likewise Tenkasi reported three Maharashtra cases (total 64).
Thoothukudi had only one new case, but added 12 from Maharashtra to its tally (total 70). In a similar spike, Tirunelveli had only one local case, but another 14 Maharashtra, taking the total to 194.
Virudhanagar reported four Maharashtra cases, taking its tally to 51.
Chennai accounted for a massive 478 cases, plus two from other States. Neighbouring Chengalpattu recorded 28 cases ( total 498) and Kanchipuram five new cases (186). Likewise Tiruvallur reported 18 new cases (546).
Ariyalur reported five new cases ( 353). Cuddalore, which saw a sharp spike after the spread of infection from Koyambedu, got over the worst phase with just one case(417).
In southern Tamil Nadu, Madurai alone reported a high ten new cases plus three imported, to take its tally to 160.