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India records over 11,000 new Covid cases, active infections nears 50,000 in 24 hours; death count rises by 0.5%

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India reports highest daily Covid cases in 236 days


India recorded its highest daily Covid cases in 236 days with 11,109 new cases and 29 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, according to data by the Union health ministry. The active infections have gone beyond 49,622. This increase in the number of cases has caused concern among medical experts who are pointing towards the XBB.1.16 variant as a potential cause of the recent surge in cases. However, they have also reassured the public that there is no need to panic and recommended following Covid-appropriate behaviour and getting booster shots.

Experts have noted that the increase in the number of cases could be due to more people getting tested for Covid as a precaution when they develop fever and related symptoms from the influenza virus. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has reported a rise in the number of influenza cases, mainly due to the Influenza A sub-type H3N2. The symptoms include a runny nose, persistent cough, and fever, and the H3N2 virus is causing more hospitalizations than other subtypes.

Dr Sandeep Nayar, Pulmonologist, HOD, BLK Hospital, has advised that masks should be made mandatory in crowded places. “Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, it is most important that people start wearing masks. One should wear a mask while going to any crowded place. Use double-layer masks in places like hospitals etc., as it is very effective in preventing infection,” Dr Nayar said.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday advised citizens not to panic amid rising Covid cases, saying that they should maintain proper hygiene. “Don’t panic. We have controlled it before, We will do it now also with your support. Covid cases are rising, but don’t panic. Maintain hygiene,” the statement said.

Increase in testing for influenza virus leading to rise in Covid cases in India

The national capital reported fresh 1527 COVID-19 cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, according to a daily bulletin issued by the Delhi Health Department on Thursday.

Despite the rise in cases, India has been ramping up its vaccination drive, with more than 11 crore doses administered in just the last 10 days. The government has also extended the interval between the first and second doses of the Covishield vaccine to 6-8 weeks, in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendations.

India records over 11,000 new Covid cases, active infections nears 50,000 in 24 hours; death count rises by 0.5%

The government is on alert following a surge of COVID-19 cases in neighboring China and has instructed states to ensure genome sequencing of all positive cases in the country. The government has also asked state governments to step up efforts to curb any possible spread during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

India has administered over 2.2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines overall, with 95% of the eligible population (12+) having received at least one shot, and 88% of the eligible population (12+) being fully vaccinated, according to Wikipedia. While the COVID-19 situation in India is relatively under control, it is important for people to continue to take precautions and follow COVID-19 protocols to protect themselves and others.

What to do to prevent this situation?

To avoid the XBB.1.16 variant of Covid-19, it is important to follow the same Covid-appropriate behavior that is recommended to prevent the spread of any variant of the virus. This includes wearing masks in public, practicing social distancing, avoiding crowded places, washing hands regularly with soap and water, and avoiding touching the face. It is also important to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible, as vaccination can provide protection against severe illness and hospitalization.

In addition, it is recommended to get booster shots when they become available, particularly for high-risk individuals. It is important to stay informed about the latest updates on Covid-19 and to follow guidelines and recommendations from health experts and authorities to prevent the spread of the virus.

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