Amid a spike in Covid cases in parts of the country, a Covid-positive patient passed away in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara on Friday after undergoing treatment at a district hospital for 3 days. The patient was a Senior Nursing Officer, informed District Hospital’s PMO Arun Gaur.
The development comes days after four Australian tourists were kept under observation at Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) hospital in Jaipur as a precautionary measure after they tested Covid positive.
According to scientists, the new and fast-spreading variant called XBB.1 could be responsible for a spike in cases of Covid-19 in the country. The spike in cases comes amid a growing scare of the H3N2 influenza virus.
An international platform tracking variants said the highest number of this sublineage’s sequences have come from India (48), followed by Brunei (22), the United States (15) and Singapore (14), a Times of India report said.
This subvariant is showing a big jump in prevalence in at least four countries, including India. Experts tracking the Covid variants around the world have found the XBB.1.16 spreading rapidly in some regions.
Meanwhile, the total tally of Covid-19 cases in India now stands at 4.46 crore (4,46,93,506). The death toll increased to 5,30,795 with five fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
While Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry and Uttar Pradesh reported one death each, one was reconciled by Kerala.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 4,41,57,685. The case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 per cent. According to the ministry’s website, 220.64 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
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