NEW DELHI: After a lull for almost three months, India recorded more than 5,000 COVID cases in the last 24 hours according to the Union Health ministry’s daily updates.
On Tuesday 5,233 new cases were recorded in a single day spike in the last 24 hours.
However, the trend shows an escalation in cases in recent weeks. On Monday, 3,714 cases were reported whereas, on Sunday, 4,518 fresh COVID cases were registered.
Since May 31, the COVID trend suggests a continuous rise in cases that varied between the 3,000 to 4,500 mark every day.
In the last week of May, the COVID trend has seen a rise in fresh cases that crossed the 2000 mark every single day. On May 18, for the first time in three months, 2,364 fresh cases were registered after which the cases were on a continuous rise.
On June 3, Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary, union health ministry sent letters to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra over rising cases being reported from these states.
The letter addressed to Chief Secretaries of each state asks for “focused intervention from state administration” and “state must maintain a strict watch and take pre-emptive action is required to control any emerging spread of infection”.
While speaking with The New Indian, Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Sr Consultant, Internal Medicine, Apollo Hospital, said, “With this virus, the curve keeps changing till the time immunity is really built up and this virus is a well-known mutant. Currently, everything has opened up, we are leading a normal life. In a few places (states) people do wear masks but in most places, they don’t. Only time will say if a new strain is approaching us or not or if there is a change in virus trend. Also, people are absolutely reluctant in following COVID appropriate behaviour.”
The expert says maybe the immunity has started to drain off and a booster is a requirement now.
Dr Amitabh Parti, Director and Unit Head, Department of Internal medicine, Fortis Memorial Gurgaon said, “There is an incident rise in the number of COVID cases over the last 10 days. Most of the cases were attributed to travels, social gatherings or ignoring COVID appropriate behaviour blatantly. Also in a few immunocompromised and elderly, there has been a spurt. Most cases are being treated by domiciliary management through video consult and no ICU or criticality related to COVID reported in the recent past.”
Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.72 per cent with 3,345 patients having recovered in the last 24 hours amounting to the cumulative tally of recovered patients to date at 4,26,36,710. The cumulative death toll reported to date is 5,24,715.
A total of 3,13,361 COVID tests were done in the last 24 hours. India has so far conducted over 85.35 crore cumulative tests.