India witnesses 5,300 plus new COVID cases, highest rise in 195 days

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has put a halt to the lives of people all around the world, is yet to show signs of receding in India. Despite several restrictions and safety measures, the country is witnessing a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.

In the past 24 hours, the country sees fresh 5,335 new Covid cases, a rise of 1,000 cases from yesterday’s number. The number is the highest since September 23. Till now, the whole number of active cases is 25,587 in the country.

It is the highest single-day surge in cases after 195 days. “The new variant along with other factors, which include a decrease in Covid appropriate behaviour and a change in weather – makes us more susceptible to respiratory conditions. We might see a mild wave happening, but by and large it will be mild and cause mild disease, not severe and not really result in hospitalisations,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, former AIIMS director to the news agency IANS.

220.66 crore doses of COVID vaccine have been provided so far under the all-over-the-country vaccination drive, as per the ministry’s website. The Centre government has urged people to keep safety measures following a sudden boost in Covid cases.