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Amid surge in COVID cases, Chennai makes masks mandatory from today

Shopping malls, theaters and places of worship have been asked to ensure that huge crowds do not gather Amid a surge in COVID cases, the Chennai Corporation on Monday made wearing of masks mandatory in public places.  Moreover, shopping malls, theaters and places of worship have been asked to ensure that huge crowds do not gather. In a press statement issued by the Chennai Corporation, it said that following increase in number of positive cases across the city, the need to follow safety protocols have been announced. COVID cases are on a rise in Tamil Nadu again.

For the third consecutive day on Sunday, the state reported over 2,000 new coronavirus infections as the state logged 2,672 cases. Two returnees from Maldives, pushed the overall tally of active cases in the state to 34,82,775. There were no fatalities in the last 24 hours and the death toll remained at 38,026.

Chennai had accounted for most of the new cases with 1,025 followed by Chengalpattu 369, Tiruvallur 121 and Coimbatore 118 while the remaining were spread across other districts. With three each, Dharmapuri, Karur, and Ramanathapuram saw the least number of cases. Meanwhile, India reported 16,135 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the overall caseload to 43,518,564, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

As many as 24 people succumbed to the disease taking the total number of fatalities to 525,223. The cumulative tally of active patients continued to rise with 113,864, up from 111,7111 on Sunday. Meanwhile, with 13,958 people recuperating in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries rose to 42,879,477.

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