Covid-19 cases increase in India, 5 deaths recorded in 24 hours

XBB.1.16 is spreading faster, due to which cases of cough, cold, and fever are very high

By Kaniza Garari  Published on  31 March 2023 6:54 AM GMT
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Hyderabad : Covid-19 cases saw a single-day rise of 3,095 cases and five deaths in the last 24 hours. The five deaths are reported in Kerala (3), Goa (1) and Gujarat (1).

The total number of active Covid 19 cases in the country is 15, 208.

Data collated by Outbreak in India, a data enthusiast states:

* Active cases have breached the 15-day mark today, the first time after 31 October 2022, a gap of 150 days

* Daily cases are highest since 1 October 2022, after a gap of 180 days

This day has been collated by Outbreak in India, a data enthusiast.

The total death toll in the country is now 5,30,867.

Increasing Covid 19 cases across India

The daily positivity was recorded at 2.61 per cent, while the weekly positivity was pegged at 1.91 per cent. The cases are highest in Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.

The active cases now comprise 0.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national recovery rate has been recorded at 98.78 per cent, according to the central health ministry. The total number of cases is 4.47 crores in India. Recovered cases are 4.41 crore, and the fatality rate is 1.19 per cent. The total number of vaccines administered are 220.65 crores.

XBB.1.16 is aggressive

Transmission of XBB.1.16 is aggressive. It is spreading faster, due to which cases of cough, cold, and fever are very high but hospitalizations are low.

Infections will not be very severe. Like all other Omicron sub-lineages, it is noted that the transmission rate is high.

XBB.1.16 is now a dominant variant across the world. It has spread around the globe and is now finally under the watch list of the World Health Organisation.

A new mutant XBC.1.6

It is found in South Australia and is one of the reasons for the sudden increase in cases in the region. It is a recombinant of Omicron and Delta, tweets Vipin M Vashishtha, paediatrician and Editor of Covid-19 Vaccines.

Caution is the way forward

Caution in public and private gatherings is the need of the hour. Masks, hand wash and cough etiquette, are advised.

Senior citizens and those suffering from asthma, lung diseases and other respiratory diseases are advised to take care as these viruses can aggravate their condition. Those who also have other immune-related issues, like those who have undergone recent surgery, cancer patients and other immune-compromised conditions, must avoid travel during peak hours and also crowded places.

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