Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami has tested negative for COVID-19, the government said on July 14.

On July 13, the chief minister and officials and staff at his camp office here underwent tests for coronavirus and the results "confirmed that he and his staff at the camp office are not infected," an official release said.

Last month, the chief minister tested negative for coronavirus, after he underwent the test in the backdrop of an official in the CM's office and another in his entourage reportedly testing positive for the pathogen.

66-year-old Palaniswami had subjected himself for testing, "without any exception," and as per protocol, health minister Dr C Vijaya Bhaskar had said then.

The release on Tuesday pointed out that 105 COVID-19 testing centres have been established across Tamil Nadu so far to ramp up testing while 15,85,782 persons have been tested as on July 13.

Tamil Nadu recorded 4,328 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the state tally to 1,42,798. Among these, Chennai reported 1,140 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 78,573.

Tamil Nadu recorded 66 deaths Monday, putting the state toll at 2,032. Fifty-nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state also discharged 3,035 patients following treatment putting the number of discharged patients at 92,567.