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India Covid wrap: Don’t panic, remain alert, says Union health minister | India News

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday saw a slight increase in Covid infections as it witnessed 188 new cases in the last 24 hours. The country had recorded 175 new cases on Wednesday.
As there have been reports of a surge in Covid cases in some countries, the operational readiness of health facilities is being reviewed in all states and Union territories in case of another wave.
Active Covid cases in country decline to 2,554
The active cases comprise 0.01 per cent of the total infections, while the national recovery rate has increased to 98.80 per cent, according to the health ministry’s website. There has been a decrease of 16 cases in the active Covid caseload in a span of 24 hours, health ministry stated, and added that the number of people who have recuperated from the disease has increased to 4,41,46,055 while the case fatality rate has been recorded at 1.19 per cent.
’11 Omicron sub-variants found during testing of international travellers’
Eleven Omicron sub-variants were found among the 124 international travellers who tested positive for Covid-19 between December 24 and January 3 and the presence of all these variants was earlier reported in India, official sources said on Thursday. They said 19,227 international travellers were tested at airports, sea ports and land ports in the said period, 124 of them were found Covid positive and put in isolation. The sources said of the 124 positive samples, the genome-sequencing results of 40 were received, of which XBB was found in 14 samples and BF 7.4.1 in one sample.
Union health minister cautions people not to panic, remain alert
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday asked the public not to panic about Covid-19, but be alert and follow the directives issued by the government from time to time. He further said Covid-19 variants will keep coming but the important thing is which variant will react and people should only believe information shared by government sources to avoid any kind of panic in the country.
‘Covid positivity rate low despite more tests’
Despite increased testing, the Covid positivity rate in India remains low. On Tuesday, the health ministry said 175 new cases of the infection were confirmed from 2 lakh tests conducted in past 24 hours. The positivity rate — percentage of positive cases among those tested — turned out to be 0. 008%. The active case load stands at 2,570. “Currently, Covid cases are low. We are seeing viral infections mostly,” said Rommel Tickkoo, director (internal medicine) at Max Super Speciality hospital, Saket.
(With agency inputs)



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