11,109 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in India today, bringing the total number of active infections to 49,622. According to the Union health ministry, the number of daily COVID cases is at its highest level in 236 days. 29 deaths brought the total to 5, 31,064 deaths.
The data, which was updated at 8 am, showed that nine deaths were reported by Kerala, three deaths each from Delhi and Rajasthan. Two deaths each from Chhattisgarh and Punjab, and one death each from Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
Medical professionals have suggested that the new XBB.1.16 form of the virus may be the cause of the sudden rise in Covid cases. The same has been occurring over time. They argued that people should have their booster shots and act in a Covid-appropriate manner rather than panicking.
India reported about 46,000 active cases by late Thursday, an increase from nearly 26,000 a week earlier. Similar to this, the test positivity rate (TPR), or the proportion of samples that tested positive for Covid a week ago, had increased to 4.46% from 3.22%.
Why is there a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases?
They added that this increase in occurrences may be due to more patients receiving Covid tests. The same are as a preventative measure when they actually contract the flu and exhibit fever and accompanying symptoms. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), influenza A subtype H3N2 is to blame for the rise in influenza incidence. More hospitalisations are being caused by the H3N2 virus than by the other subtypes. A runny nose, a persistent cough, and a fever are the symptoms.
What to do?
The drill is same as last time, you must take precaution. People must maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times when out in public. It is important to get yourselves tested if you have symptoms of Covid-19. One must isolate him/herself if tested positive. People are also urged to get their booster vaccine shots to have better immunity against Covid.
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