India Records Highest Single-Day Covid Cases in 163 Days

On April 5th, 2023, India reported 4,435 fresh Covid cases within the past 24 hours, marking the country’s highest single-day rise in 163 days.

The active caseload currently stands at 21,091, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. In addition, the daily positivity rate was recorded at 3.38 percent, while the weekly positivity rate stood at 2.79 percent.

As a result of the recent surge, India’s Covid-19 tally has climbed to 4.47 crore (4,47,33,719), with the death toll rising to 5,30,916 with 15 deaths. The fatality rate stands at 1.19 percent, and the number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 4,41,79,712.

According to a top epidemiologist, coronavirus infections in India are doubling every 4-5 days, indicating that the pandemic is still far from being under control, despite the return of near-normalcy across society and the economy. The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium has identified Omicron subvariant XBB.1.16 as the leading variant in India, accounting for 60 percent of cases.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has assured the public that the Omicron sub-variant currently circulating in the country has not led to an increase in hospitalizations and that there is no need to worry. Nonetheless, the Union Health Ministry has advised people to remain cautious in light of rising Covid-19 cases and not ignore symptoms, as the prevailing weather can facilitate the spread of the virus.

Several districts of Maharashtra have made wearing masks mandatory following a 186 percent surge in the number of cases reported in the state over the last 24 hours, with 711 new cases and four deaths being recorded during this time. Similarly, the national capital reported 521 new cases on April 5th, marking the highest single-day rise in cases since August 27th, 2022, with the city’s positivity rate standing at 15.64 percent. The health bulletin released by the city’s health department stated that the primary cause of the reported fatality was not coronavirus, but was instead incidental.

To date, under the nationwide vaccination drive, 220.66 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in India. Despite this, it is crucial for citizens to remain vigilant and follow all necessary precautions to minimize the spread of Covid-19.

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