Tamil Nadu, which is the second-worst coronavirus hit state in the country, on Friday surpassed the 1 lakh-mark as 4,329 fresh cases were reported in the past 24 hours.
Following the addition of 64 fresh deaths, the state’s death toll stood at 1,385, state government data suggests.
There are 1,02,721 total cases in the state, including the deaths, out of which 58,378 people have been cured. On Friday, 2,357 people were discharged from hospitals.
Tamil Nadu’s active cases stand at 42,955.
Chennai, the biggest sufferer of the pandemic in Tamil Nadu, registered 33 deaths and 2,082 positive cases. 1,164 people were discharged within 24 hours in the city, the state government said.
The capital city’s total of infections has reached 64,689 out of which over 40,000 have been discharged.
The state government is ramping up testing facilities for early detection of the virus. 35,028 samples were tested on Friday, pushing the count to 12,70,720.
Sixty-five people who tested positive on Friday are returnees from various locations, according to the bulletin.
Tamil Nadu last month released guidelines for the opening of religious places, a month after the Central government allowed it. Entry into religious places would be allowed only to people showing no symptoms of the disease, the government had said. People who are elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from chronic health conditions including diabetes, hypertension or kidney disease were not advised to venture into any religious place, it had said.
The Centre has extended the lockdown in containment zones till July 31, while allowing many relaxations in other areas under what it called Unlock2.
India’s COVID-19 tally touched 6,25,544 on Friday with the biggest single-day increase of 20,903 cases, while the death count rose to 18,213, the latest data from the Union health ministry shows.