India clocks 4,435 new Covid cases, highest in 6 months
The number of active Covid infections in India has mounted to 23,091 as the country clocked 4,435 fresh cases of the deadly virus during the past 24 hours, Union Ministry’s data revealed on Wednesday.
As per the data updated at 8 am on the health ministry’s website, 4,435 new Covid-19 cases were registered in the past 24 hours in the biggest single-day jump since September 25 last year, when a total of 4,777 were logged.
According to the Union health ministry’s data, with the new cases included, the total number of cases in India since the pandemic began has surged to 4.47 crore (4,47,33,719) while the death toll has mounted to 5,30,916 with 15 new fatalities.
The health ministry’s data stated that during the last 24 hours, four deaths were reported from Maharashtra; one fatality each was reported from Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Puducherry and Rajasthan, while four deaths were reconciled by Kerala.
According to the data, the active cases now comprise 0.05 percent of total infections since the viral outbreak while the country’s Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.76 per cent.
The health ministry’s data also stated that with the inclusion of fresh cases, the daily positivity has risen to 3.38 percent while the weekly positivity was recorded at 2.79 percent, adding that the total number of people who have successfully recovered after contracting the contagious infection has surged to 4,41,79,712 and the case fatality rate is pegged 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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