(CTN News) – There is still a long way to go in India’s fight against Covid-19. During the past few weeks, the number of daily cases has risen, with 756 new infections pushing the number of active cases to 4,049 as of Sunday.
At the time of writing, the country had also recorded five deaths in 24 hours, including two in Kerala, two in Maharashtra, and one in the Indian-held region of Kashmir.
The data are concerning, but health officials assure that the JN.1 variant responsible for the increase has not led to a significant rise in hospitalizations or deaths.
After plummeting to double digits by December 5, 2023, colder weather and the emergence of the JN.1 variant led to an increase in cases. The highest number of new cases since then occurred on December 31, 2023, with 841 new cases reported.
In spite of this, officials emphasize that the current situation differs significantly from previous waves of Covid-19. A total of 92% of active cases are currently being managed through home isolation, and the data suggests that the JN.1 variant is not causing exponential growth or overwhelming the healthcare system.
Officials stated that the available data suggests that the JN.1 variant is neither increasing new cases exponentially nor leading to significant increases in hospitalizations and mortality.
It is important to note that India has been affected by three major Covid-19 waves, with the Delta wave in April-June 2021 being the most devastating. During the peak on May 7, 2021, there were a staggering 414,188 new cases and 3,915 deaths.
Over 45 million infections have been reported in India since the beginning of the pandemic, and more than 530,000 deaths have been recorded. There is good news in that over 44 million people have recovered, representing a national recovery rate of 98.81%.
With over 2.2 billion vaccination doses administered to date, the country’s vaccination efforts remain strong.
Even though the recent case rise is a reminder of the pandemic’s persistence, India’s experience and robust vaccination coverage offer hope that the virus can be controlled in the future.
To navigate this new chapter in the fight against Covid-19, continued vigilance and adherence to safety measures are essential.