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90% single-day rise in COVID-19 cases sparks fourth-wave scare

India saw a jump of 90% in daily Covid cases as compared to Sunday, sparking a fourth-wave scare across the country. The country on Monday reported a single-day rise of

India saw a jump of 90% in daily Covid cases as compared to Sunday, sparking a fourth-wave scare across the country.

The country on Monday reported a single-day rise of 2,183 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total tally of coronavirus cases to 4,30,44,280.

During this period, the country also reported 214 fatalities, including 213 from Kerala, pushing the overall death toll to 5,21,965, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 9 AM.

A decrease of 16 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded as 0.83 per cent and the weekly positivity rate as 0.32 per cent, according to the Health Ministry.

With 1,150 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases had gone up to 4,30,42,097, while the active cases increased to 11,558 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Delhi, which was reporting around 200 cases last week, is currently reporting over 500 daily infections with a positivity rate of 5.33 percent. The national capital, which had registered 202 cases last Tuesday, on Sunday reported 517 Covid Cases.

After 11 weeks of declining Covid infections, India’s caseload has surged again this week rising by 35 percent against the previous seven days’ count. Several states including Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh reported a spike in infections. Despite the overall case numbers remaining low, the surge was restricted to the three states.

Though there are no definite reasons for the rise in Delhi and Haryana, it is being considered due to the withdrawal of mandatory masking and doing away with all Covid-restrictions, reports stated.

Meanwhile, Shanghai in China has reported the first COVID deaths since the start of its week-long lockdown. Three elderly people with underlying conditions have died after efforts to revive them proved inefficient.

The deceased included two women aged 89 and 91, and a man aged 91, the city authorities informed. They all had a variety of underlying health complaints such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Shanghai, China’s largest city, has stewed under a patchwork of lockdown restrictions this year amid the country’s worst COVID-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

The city reported 22,248 new domestic cases on Monday of which 2,417 were symptomatic

First Published: 18th April, 2022 16:07 IST

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