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COVID-19 fear resurfaces in Jaipur; 54 cases in 24 hours 

165 new infections recorded in Rajasthan on Sunday alone.

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April 10, 2023, 7:12 pm

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Covid-19 sample collection at a hospital in Jaipur. File Photo.

JAIPUR: Rajasthan is facing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with 165 new infections recorded on Sunday alone, marking the highest single-day tally since September of last year. Six deaths have been reported in the first nine days of April as the infection rate approaches dangerous levels.

The test positivity rate in the state stood at 4.13% on April 9, nearing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 5% danger threshold. Out of 3,999 individuals tested on Sunday, 165 were found to be positive. Jaipur reported the most cases with 54, followed by 21 in Bikaner, 14 in Nagaur, 13 in Jodhpur, and 15 in Rajsamand. Less than ten cases were reported in other districts.

The majority of the recent cases in Rajasthan are attributed to the new XBB 1.16 variant, which is known for its rapid transmission. Fortunately, most patients display mild symptoms, such as cough, fever, and cold, along with fatigue and weakness. Many individuals recover on their own within three to four days.

A total of 694 patients were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the first nine days of April in Rajasthan, bringing the number of active cases to 651. Jaipur has the highest number of active cases with 183. Experts believe that the strong immunity among Rajasthan’s population is helping to minimize the impact of the virus. A serosurvey conducted three months ago revealed that 98% of the people in the state have developed herd immunity against COVID-19.

First published: April 10, 2023
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