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New Delhi: India is witnessing a slow but steady rise in the number of Covid infections in several states amid the global increase in Covid cases driven by Omron’s BA.2 sub-version. This comes as two cases of the new XE variant – Omicron sub-variant BA.1 and a mutant hybrid of BA.2 – have been detected in the country, one each from Maharashtra and Gujarat.

 

The Union Health Ministry has asked five states- Kerala, Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi and Mizoram to continue monitoring the spread of the infection and take prompt steps to manage the spread of COVID-19. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has directed these states to take regular monitoring and follow-up action in the emerging areas of concern.

 

“India has witnessed a sustained and significant decline in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past 2 months, with less than 1,000 daily new cases being reported in the country for the past few days. Moreover, the weekly positivity rate has been below 1 per cent,” Bhushan said in the letter. However, Delhi, Haryana and Gujarat have seen an increase in the average daily cases for seven days.

 

Delhi

Delhi saw 176 new cases on April 7 – the highest daily increase since March 10. It also recorded an increase in weekly new cases – 826 new cases were reported in the week ended April 8. In the week ending 1 April, 724 new cases were reported. Last week also saw an increase in positivity from 0.51 per cent to 1.25 per cent.

Haryana

Haryana recorded an increase in the average of seven days – 68 on April 9 to 47 on April 4. The weekly new cases in the state rose to 416 in the week ended April 8, from 367 in the week ended April 1. Haryana has also seen an increase. The positivity ranged from 0.51 percent to 1.06 percent in the last week.

Gujarat

Gujarat reported 34 new cases on April 9 – the highest daily count since March 13, while the average also rose to 15 from 9 on April 4.

other states

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are also witnessing slow growth.

1.5 million new cases daily worldwide

Meanwhile, around 1.5 million new cases are being reported every day around the world, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. “We are seeing 1.5 million new cases every day. Large-scale outbreaks are spreading in Asia. A new wave is brewing across Europe,” Guterres said recently while addressing a summit on COVAX, the international vaccine sharing plan. Countries seeing new outbreaks in Asia include China and Hong Kong, and the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands in Europe.

Guterres said some countries are also recording their highest death rates since the start of the pandemic. “And yet a third of humanity remains illiterate,” he lamented. He called on governments and pharmaceutical companies to “do a better job of getting vaccines to everyone, everywhere – not just in rich countries”.

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