Home/ News / India/  Covid cases: India sees rise in infections with over 10,000 cases in 24 hours

India on 19 April saw a rise in Covid-19 cases with a total of 10,542 cases registered in 24 hours, data shared by the Health Ministry stated. This rise in cases came a day after the country reported 7,633 cases

The country had seen a declining graph in the past five days from April 14 to April 18 when 11,109 and 7,633 cases were reported respectively. India had recorded 9,111 on April 17, 10,093 on April 16, and 10,753 on April 15.

As per the Health Ministry's data, the active in the country now stands at 63,562. A total of 38 deaths were recorded in last 24 hours, which includes 11 reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated. With this the total deaths in the country stands at 531190. 

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.39 per cent and the weekly positivity rate was pegged at 5.1 per cent. The active cases now comprise 0.14 per cent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.67 per cent, the ministry said.

Under the nationwide vaccination drive, a total of 220.66 crore doses have been administered so far.

Meanwhile, medical experts have warned that the new XBB1.16 variant is able to evade the immune system of people and the upcoming four weeks are very crucial.

Former AIIMS directors says no need to panic

Former director of AIIMS, Delhi, Dr Randeep Guleria has said while the country was seeing a fresh surge in Covid-19 infections, the situation isn't one to induce panic. "Covid-19 cases have been on the rise across the country. But the majority of the infections are mild. The rate of hospitalisation hasn't gone up either. It's not a panic-like situation yet," Guleria told ANI.

Earlier on 18 April, the West Bengal government issued a Covid-19 advisory advises people to avoid mass gatherings especially by the elderly, children, pregnant women and persons with co-morbidities. Advisory also urged people to frequently wash their hands and use alcohol-based sanitisers to kill the virus. For those who tested positive Covid home isolation for a week is advised and If your symptoms aggravate report to a hospital or doctor immediately. Intake of antibiotics or cough syrups without medical advice is restricted in the advisory. A state Helpline No. 14416 is also being issued.

Delhi Covid tally

In Delhi, 1,537 fresh COVID-19 cases were seen on Tuesday with a positivity rate of 26.54 per cent, according to data shared by the city government's health department. A recent survey LocalCircles revealed that currently 45 percent of Delhi-NCR households have one or more members in the family unwell. From 932 cases on March 30 to 4,976 on April 17, active coronavirus cases in Delhi have registered a jump of more than 430 percent in nearly three weeks, according to official data. LNJP Hospital's Medical Director Suresh Kumar had cautioned on April 13 that coronavirus cases in the national capital will peak in the next couple of weeks.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Updated: 19 Apr 2023, 11:43 AM IST
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