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COVID Drama: India Logs 124 New COVID Cases, Karnataka Mourns One; Vigilance Prevails

In the latest update on the COVID-19 situation in India, the health ministry reported a single-day spike of 124 new cases on Tuesday, maintaining vigilance as the nation grapples with the evolving pandemic scenario. Notably, Karnataka recorded one new death within the 24-hour timeframe, adding a sombre note to the ongoing battle against the virus.

While India experienced a decline in daily cases, reaching double digits until December 5, a resurgence was witnessed thereafter, attributed to the emergence of a new variant and prevailing cold weather conditions. Official sources reveal that post-December 5, the highest single-day surge was 841 new cases on 31 December 2023, constituting a mere 0.2 percent of the peak cases reported in May 2021.

Addressing concerns about the new JN.1 variant, an official source emphasised, The currently available data suggests that the JN.1 variant is neither leading to an exponential rise in new cases nor a surge in hospitalisation and mortality.’

India, having encountered three waves of COVID-19, witnessed the highest daily new cases and deaths during the delta wave in April-June 2021.  7 May 2021, marked the peak, with 4,14,188 new cases and 3,915 deaths reported.

Reflecting on the broader pandemic impact, the nation has seen over 4.5 crore infections and more than 5.3 lakh deaths in approximately four years since the pandemic’s onset in early 2020. Encouragingly, over 4.4 crore individuals have successfully recovered, yielding a robust national recovery rate of 98.81 percent, as per the ministry’s website.

As India navigates through this dynamic phase of the pandemic, health authorities continue their concerted efforts to curb the spread, emphasising the importance of vaccination, adherence to safety protocols, and monitoring emerging variants to ensure the well-being of the population.

Akash G Varadaraj