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Covid-19: India Witnesses a Rise in Infection

On April 19, India saw a rise in Covid-19 cases. The Health Ministry shared data of 10,542 cases registered in 24 hours. This rise in cases came a day after the country reported 7,633 cases. 

The country was seeing a declining graph in the past five days from April 14 to April 18 with 11,109 and 7,633 cases respectively. India recorded 9,111 on April 17, 10,093 on April 16, and 10,753 on April 15.

The Health Ministry says that the virus in the country now stands at 63,562. The data updated at 8 am stated that a total of 38 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. And now, the total number of deaths in the country stands at 531190.

The Health Ministry also said that the daily and weekly positivity rates were 4.39 percent and 5.1 percent respectively. The active cases now comprise 0.14 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate is at 98.67 percent.

A total of 220.66 crore doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Meanwhile, medical experts have warned that the new XBB1.16 variant is able to evade the immune system of people and the upcoming four weeks are very crucial.

Dr. Randeep Guleria, the Former director of AIIMS, Delhi, has said while the country was seeing a fresh surge in Covid-19 infections, the situation isn’t one to induce panic. “Covid-19 cases have been on the rise across the country. But the majority of the infections are mild. The rate of hospitalization hasn’t gone up either. It’s not a panic-like situation yet,” Guleria told ANI.

The West Bengal government issued a Covid-19 advisory advising people to avoid mass gatherings, especially by the elderly, children, pregnant women, and persons with co-morbidities on April 18. Advisory also urged people to frequently wash their hands and use alcohol-based sanitizers to kill the virus. For those who tested positive Covid home isolation for a week is necessary. And if the symptoms aggravate, report to a hospital or doctor immediately. The advisory restricted the intake of antibiotics or cough syrups without medical advice. The government also issued a state Helpline No. 14416 for seeking guidance.

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