(Eds: adds details) Chennai, June 21 (PTI) Tamil Nadu COVID-19 tally almost touched the 60,000 mark with 2,532 new cases and 53 deaths being reported, the health department said on Sunday.
With the fresh fatalities, the toll in the state rose to 757, the department said in a bulletin.
Reflecting the stepped up testing of samples, the state recorded its highest ever single day spike of 2,532 infections taking the total to 59,377 cases.
The state capital, where intense lockdown entered the third day continued to record a surge in new cases with 1,493 people having contracted the disease on Sunday, the bulletin said.
On the positive side, the number of recoveries in the state also saw a quantum jump on Sunday with 1,438 people getting discharged after treatment taking the cumulative total to 32,754 so far, the bulletin said.
The state has been reporting over 2,000 cases for the 5th straight day on Sunday.
According to the bulletin, 31,401 people were tested on Sunday alone taking the overall figures in the state to 8.92 lakh.
This is the second consecutive day during which the testing of people has surpassed 30,000 mark.
On Saturday, the department reported testing of 33,231 samples.
The number of active cases in Tamil Nadu stood at 25,863.
Among the fresh cases reported, 52 were returnees from other states and abroad, the bulletin said, adding 1,579 of them were men and 953 women.
Three of the 53 fatalities in the state were without 'comorbidities' including a 61-year-old man, who died on June 20 due to cardiopulmonary arrest.
Of the total cases, 49,400 patients were between the age group of 13 and 60 years, while 2,934 were children below the age of 12 years.
As many as 7,043 were patients above 60 years of age, it said.
While Chennai was leading in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the bulletin said the metropolis also topped in recoveries with 22,887 people discharged after treatment so far.
Active cases in Chennai remained 17,683, it said.
Besides Chennai, districts like Chengalpet, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur also witnessed higher number of infections. PTI VIJ ROH ROH