Coronavirus India Highlights: Delhi records 520 fresh Covid-19 cases, 1 death; Mumbai logs 339 Covid cases and 2 deaths


A healthcare worker collects swab from a woman for a RT-PCR test coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra 05 04 2022)

After a slight dip in new cases yesterday, India reported an increase in its daily caseload, with 16,906 new Covid-19 cases being added to the national tally on Wednesday. As many as 45 patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Odisha reported a Covid-19 death on Tuesday after a gap of over two months, as a 78-year-old man succumbed to the disease in Bhubaneswar, taking the toll to 9,127, the health department said in a bulletin, according to news agency PTI. Meanwhile, a health official in Telangana said that Covid-19 had reached “endemic stage”, according to a PTI report. The official clarified that Covid had not yet come to an end and urged people to continue wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing. State Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said there was no need to fear coronavirus and added that it could be said it has become like a seasonal disease.

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With India reporting 13,615 new Coronavirus cases and 20 fatalities on Tuesday, the country witnessed a slight dip in new cases , according to the latest data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Active cases rose to 1,31,043, while the daily positivity rate has increased to 3.23 per cent.

Delhi on Monday reported 280 fresh Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 4.21 per cent, according to health department data. No new deaths were logged. West Bengal’s Covid-19 positivity rate rose to 21.29 per cent on Monday, around four per cent more than that on the previous day, the health department said in a bulletin.

It said that the state registered 1,915 fresh coronavirus cases pushing the tally to 20,53,626. Meanwhile, Telangana on Monday recorded 448 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the total number of cases to 8,06,572.

Amid a rise in cases, the Tripura government has decided to reimpose the face mask mandate for people at public places in the wake of the surge in the Covid-19 cases, a senior official said on Monday.

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