New Delhi, November 5
The first signs of a Covid-19 surge during festivals appeared today with daily new infections breaching the 50,000-mark after 11 days.
The country saw 50,210 new cases in 24 hours. Cases had remained below 50,000 between October 26 and November 4, dropping to 36,470 on October 27 after 105 days.
The consolation was a steady trajectory of sustained fall in active cases that remained below 6 lakh for the seventh day today.
A steep rise in Covid cases during festivals is being witnessed in Kerala and Delhi that reported 8,516 and 6,842 cases, respectively, today.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan held a review meeting with Delhi L-G Anil Baijal and state Health Minister Satyendra Jain and flagged that Delhi’s recovery rate (89%) was lower than the national average, while the death rate (1.71%) was higher than the national average. — TNS
Ban disinfection tunnels
The apex court has asked the Centre to ban or regulate, within a month, the use of disinfection tunnels spraying chemical or organic disinfectants on humans. Similar directions might be issued on exposure of humans to artificial ultraviolet rays, the court added.