Covid Cases Surge: After a day of sharp spike in daily Covid-19 case count, India’s new coronavirus infections plunged to 1,247 cases on Tuesday. The day-on-day data analysis shows that there was a 43% decrease in the daily infections. Meanwhile, cases are on rise in Delhi once again. The Monday data shows that the national capital recorded over 500 cases for second day running.
After a steady decline in new Covid cases for the past several weeks following the third surge in January-February this year mainly due to the Omicron variant, India’s daily Covid infections witnessed a jump of 89.8% on Monday from yesterday’s 1,150 cases and reported 2,183 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.
According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the daily case positivity rate also saw a sudden rise from 0.31% (on Sunday) to 0.83% (on Monday). The weekly positivity rate saw an uptick from 0.27% (on Sunday) to 0.32% (on Monday).
The total number of recoveries in the country since the onset of the pandemic stands at 4,25,10,773. The recovery rate remained at 98.76%. The death toll due to Covid-19 climbed to 5,21,965.As many as 2,61,440 Covid samples were tested in the country during this period taking the total number of samples tested till date to 83.21 crore.
Under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive, 2,66,459 Covid vaccines were administered during the period. The total number of vaccines administered so far jumped to 1,86,54,94,355.Meanwhile, Delhi continues to register an increase in its daily Covid-19 caseload as it reported 517 new infections during the last 24 hours. As per the Delhi health department, this is the highest number after February 20 when a total of 570 Covid-19 cases were registered.
On other hand there is a respite for people: IIT Kanpur professor Manindra Agrawal said that a fourth wave of Covid is unlikely as there are no new mutants that have come to the notice of the officials. His mathematical model had been used as a reference point for understanding the Covid activity and behaviour in the country over the past two years.
“Recently, schools have opened and people have stopped using masks so there is an increased exposure to the variant. But this will not have a severe impact on people’s health as the immunity to the current variant is strong,” he said.
Professor Agrawal said the current vaccines are fully efficient against the new variant. “No vaccine can stop the infection but there will be no serious illnesses from it. There is no need for other vaccines as studies have shown good results against the variant with these vaccines,” he added.