India recorded 3,016 new Covid cases in past 24 hours, a 40 per cent jump since yesterday. The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 2.7 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 1.71 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data. Thursday's infection count is the highest in nearly six months. India had reported 3,375 cases on October 2 last year.
The country's COVID-19 death count has increased to 5,30,862 with 14 deaths -- three reported by Maharashtra, two from Delhi and one reported by Himachal Pradesh in a span of 24 hours and eight reconciled by Kerala.
In the meantime, Delhi government has called for an emergency meeting on Thursday over the alarming rise of coronavirus cases in the national capital. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will chair another meeting with officials from the Health Department.
On Wednesday, Delhi's COVID-19 cases climbed to 300 for the first time since August 31 last year, while the positivity rate climbed to 13.89 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.
The health authorities in Mumbai are on alert as the daily detection of COVID-19 cases across Maharashtra doubled in the last 24 hours. 60% of the total cases are said to be the result of the recombinant subvariant XBB 1. 16. pproximately 230 patients have been detected with the new subvariant in Maharashtra. Of the total 230, 151 cases were from Pune, 24 from Aurangabad, 23 from Thane, 11 each from Kolhapur and Ahmednagar, 8 from Amravati, and 1 each from Mumbai and Raigad.
In view of the rapid surge of the new Covid 19 cases, several states plan to hold emergency meetings over the alarming rise in Covid cases this week.