Covid cases in India see 90% jump in a day with 2,183 fresh infections

Published on Apr 18, 2022 09:32 AM IST
India Covid cases: The country logged 214 deaths in 24 hours.  A day before, the country had registered just four deaths in the same time period. 
A health worker shows the collected swab sample for Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for coronavirus test at the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centre in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
A health worker shows the collected swab sample for Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for coronavirus test at the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centre in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

India saw a jump of nearly 90 per cent in daily Covid cases - compared to Sunday - as the country registered 2,183 fresh infections, according to the health ministry data. This is the first time in nearly a month that the country has registered more than 2,000 cases in a day (2,075 cases were registered on March 19).

The data further shows that 214 deaths were logged in the last 24 hours. It's not yet clear if the number of deaths were revised as an addition to the backlog data.  While the daily positivity rate stands at .83 per cent, the weekly positivity rate stands at .32 per cent. The country reported a rise of 1,150 coronavirus cases on Sunday and four deaths from across the country. 

A worrying surge has been witnessed in Delhi yet again days after the mask mandate was dropped and in-person classes resumed fully in the city's schools after a gap of nearly two years. The national capital, in its latest spike, reported 517 cases. A day before, the city had registered 461 new patients.

Of all the states, Kerala logged the highest number of cases (940).

Covid curbs were eased over the last few weeks across the country as a gradual drop in infections was recorded after the third wave in January pushed the daily tally above the 3-lakh mark.

However, experts have warned against letting guards down because several European nations - including Germany, France, and Italy - and China have been battling a fresh rise. China's zero tolerance Covid policy is facing its biggest test amid growing public anger over shortage of essentials.

Also, the WHO recently sounded an alert over a highly transmissible XE variant of which two cases have been reported by government officials from Mumbai and Gujarat.

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