Chennai, May 4 (IANS) The city's Koyambedu wholesale market has turned into ‘Corona wholesale market' with bulk of the 527 persons who tested positive for coronavirus over the past 24 hours were linked to it, the state Health Department said on Monday.
It also said that one Covid-19 patient died, taking the total death toll to 31.
In a statement issued here, the Health Department said 527 persons tested positive for coronavirus taking the total infected persons' tally to 3,550.
The statement said a large number of cases were connected to Koyambedu market and the number of active Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 2,107.
With retail sales at Koyambedu market shut down, many workers had gone to their native districts and were tested positive there.
The districts – Cuddalore, Villupuram, Chennai, Perambalur and Ariyalur- have the major concentration of Covid-19 patients connected to Koyambedu market.
According to officials, the names of truckers, loaders, vendors and others who were present and dealing business at Koyambedu have been sent to their respective districts for tracing and testing.
Over the past 24-hours, a total of 12,863 samples were tested in the state.
A total of 30 Covid-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the state taking the total tally to 1,409 persons.