CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu reported the highest ever single-day spike in Covid-19 positive cases on Monday, with 1,162 infections and taking its total tally to 23,495 cases, the state said in its daily media bulletin.

The state has been reporting a high number of positive cases for the past couple of days. On Sunday, 1,149 cases were reported.

As many as 11 people succumbed to the infection on Monday, bringing the tally of those who have died to 184. On Monday, 413 patients were discharged, taking the total recoveries in the state to 13,170.

Chennai continued to be the worst-affected district, recording a total of 967 out of the 1,162 cases. This brings the total tally in the state capital to 15,770.

According to the media bulletin, 1,322 children under the age of 12 have been affected by the infection so far.

On Sunday, the state government extended the lockdown till June 30, even as it eased restrictions in most parts of the state, in line with the Centre’s “Unlock 1.0” guidelines.

A total of 1,05,727 passengers have entered Tamil Nadu by various modes of travel as of May 31, the media bulletin said. Of them, 1,628 of them have tested positive so far.

As per the new guidelines, the state government has allowed public transport to resume throughout the state except for Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpattu districts, which have recorded the highest number of cases in recent times. The ban on interstate transport, however, continues.

The state government has, however, continued the ban on religious places under the new guidelines. It has also extended the ban on theatres, gyms and educational institutions. Further, tourist destinations like Ooty, Kodaikanal and Yercaud will continue to remain out of bounds.

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