Covid Infections on Rise Once Again Across Globe, India Battles New Variant & Festive Surge

Amid the ongoing festive eason, coronavirus cases that have been on a record low are once again witnessing a slight spike. Taking cognizance of the sudden rise, the Centre on Thursday extended the nationwide COVID-19 containment measures till November 30.

In a communication to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that existing protocols for curbing the spread of Covid-19 will continue till November 30. Last month, he had said that there was a possibility that Covid-appropriate behaviour might not be adhered to strictly, especially during the festival season and hence it was critical to enforce guidelines that allowed regular festivities in a cautious, safe and Covid-appropriate manner.

As per the health ministry’s data, on Friday India recorded 14,348 fresh cases, slightly lower than Thursday- recorded 16,156 fresh cases- a rise of 20 per cent from Wednesday. The country’s total caseload now stands at 3,42,46,157. On October 27, the country recorded 13.45k new cases and 585 new deaths. The difference between new cases reported in the last seven days and the preceding seven days in India is -2%, while the world average is +4%.

Meanwhile, the latest mutation of the coronavirus variant, AY4.2, which has been linked to a rise in cases in the United Kingdom, is ‘very infrequent’ in India, according to a weekly report by the India SARS-CoV-2 Genome Consortium (INSACOG), the body that tracks the emergence of new variants.

(Source: News 18)