Covid-19 positive cases on Wednesday. With 773 new cases, the Covid-19 tally increased to 5,274. The 24-hour increase was more than double of 354 reported on Tuesday.
“Over the last 24 hours, 773 cases have been reported. There were 32 deaths also reported in this time,” joint secretary (health) Lav Agarwal said in New Delhi on Wednesday. The number of deaths have has also been up in the last three days. On April 5, nine deaths were reported, which increased to 32 on April 6 — the highest 24-hour increase. The number was 40 on Tuesday. So far, 149 deaths have been recorded as due to Covid-19 in the whole country.
The government has scaled up testing too. The Indian Council of Medical Research said that 13,345 tests were conducted on Wednesday, the highest for a single day. It was 11,795 a day earlier. The testing numbers have been growing steadily with the national average at 82.6 per million. It has doubled in a week. On April 1, the national average was 40.5 tests per million. The number of positive cases tested has also gone up.
The Centre has been worried about Covid-19 spreading to pregnant women and new born babies. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences has now framed a new training module for handling suspected and confirmed pregnant women and ante natal care. Agarwal said: “It is essential to know how to handle the cases. AIIMS doctors will be giving technical guidance to our healthcare workers on the ground on ante natal care and labour management.”