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India Covid-19 cases on the rise again

  • Published at 02:55 pm October 23rd, 2021
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File photo: Health workers carry the body of a man who died from the coronavirus disease, for burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 9, 2021 Reuters

Bangladesh’s neighbouring state West Bengal also witnessing uptick in infections

After a rapid decline, there has been a surge in Covid-19 cases in India recently, making the country’s health authorities concerned.

India reported 16,326 new infections in the 24 hours to Saturday morning — up 3.42% from the previous day.

The Indian state of West Bengal, which is bordered by Bangladesh, also saw an increase in daily Covid-19 cases — it tallied 846 infections on Saturday, up from 833 the previous day.

State health officials attribute the uptick to hygiene rules not being maintained during the recent Durga Puja gatherings.


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Caused by the Delta variant of coronavirus, the second wave of the pandemic in India had severe consequences in the form of spiralling cases, reduced medical supplies and increased deaths, especially in April and early May.

The onslaught prompted the Indian government to impose a ban on export of the Covid-19 vaccine, which has been lifted very recently.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, Covid-19 has claimed 6,674 Indian lives and infected 548,433 people in the last 28 days. India ranks fifth in the world in terms of infections during the period.

The total Covid-19 death toll in India currently stands at 453,742 while the total number of infections is 34,159,562, according to Worldometer.

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