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India registers 3,824 fresh Covid cases, highest in 6 months

01:03 PM Apr 02, 2023 IST | APN Live
india registers 3 824 fresh covid cases  highest in 6 months
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The total number of active Covid-19 cases in India jumped to 18,389 on Sunday as the country logged 3,824 fresh cases of the dangerous coronavirus, highest in a single day in the past 184 days, as per the updated data on the Union Health Ministry’s website.

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As per the data on the health ministry’s website, five more fatalities—one each from Delhi, Haryana, Kerala and Rajasthan and one was reconciled by Kerala—were reported during the past 24 hours as the death toll in the country mounted to 5,30,881 since the pandemic struck.

The health ministry’s data, which is updated at 8 am, also revealed that the total number of cases in the country since the Covid-19 outbreak has surged to 4.47 crore (4,47,22,605) with the inclusion of fresh infections in the past 24 hours.

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According to the data, the current 18,389 active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections since the Covid-19 pandemic began. It also said that due to mounting number of cases, the daily positivity rate stood has surged to 2.87 percent while the weekly positivity rate is pegged at 2.24 percent.

The health ministry’s website states that the national COVID-19 recovery rate is recorded at 98.77 percent with the number of people who have recovered after contracting the deadly virus in India is 4,41,73,335, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 per cent.

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The data from the health ministry also states that 220.66 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Meanwhile, the surge in deaths due to the H3N2 variant of the seasonal influenza virus is triggering an outbreak scare in the country.

According to official data, India has recorded at least three deaths associated with H3N2 this season.

Fearing the outbreak of another Covid-19 like pandemic, health officials have urged people to wear masks, practice hand hygiene and get a flu shot if they haven’t already. H3N2, is a subtype of the influenza A strain, responsible for one of the three respiratory pandemics in the past century.

The flu variant’s symptoms tend to be the same as other forms of influenza, including fever or feeling feverish, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults), among others.

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