Coronavirus India Live Updates: India records 2,067 fresh Covid-19 cases; Masks mandatory in Delhi again, Rs 500 fine for violators

Covid-19 testing underway at a centre in New Delhi. (Express/Praveen Khanna)

Coronavirus News Live Updates Today: Delhi Wednesday witnessed a major jump in the number of fresh Covid cases by reporting 1,009 new ones, a day after it recorded 632 cases. While one virus-related fatality was recorded, 314 persons recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

Amid an uptick in Covid-19 cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has made masks mandatory in public places again. After a meeting on Wednesday, the DDMA said a fine of Rs 500 would be imposed on violators. The DDMA also directed authorities to begin aggressive testings across the city.

Following a recent spurt in coronavirus cases, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed the officials to maintain utmost vigil on the health of children, especially in the NCR districts, and to create awareness about Covid protocol in schools. In the last 24 hours, 103 new positive cases were reported in Gautam Buddh Nagar and 33 in Ghaziabad. The chief minister also stressed on wearing face masks.

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Coronavirus News Live Updates Today: India records 2,067 fresh Covid-19 cases, 40 deaths; Wear masks in crowded places, says govt as India sees 90% jump in daily cases; Read today’s latest news and update below.

Coronavirus India Live: A healthcare worker collects a swab sample of a woman for Covid-19 testing, at a market in Jammu, Friday, April 15, 2022. (PTI Photo)

The Pune-based Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV) has reported three episodes of Covid-19 infection in a healthcare professional. The report was published in the Journal of Infection on Tuesday. The professional had primary SARS-CoV2 infection, breakthrough infection with Delta and reinfection with Omicron over a 16-month period.

NIV researchers said the findings of the study prove the immune evasion potential of the Omicron variant, even after infection and vaccination. In the case of the 38-year-old healthcare professional from New Delhi, researchers at NIV said the patient had a breakthrough infection with Delta derivative (AY.112) and reinfection with the Omicron sub-lineage BA.2. Although the clinical specimens of the primary infection couldn’t be characterised, the probability of B.1 as an infecting variant would be higher as the infection occurred in October 2020, when emerging variants had not been detected in India.

READ | Three episodes of Covid infection found in healthcare professional: report

Just when the pandemic seemed to be getting over in India, the rise in cases in Delhi and Haryana has begun to sound alarm bells once again. The silver lining, as of now, is the fact that the rise in cases has been restricted in these two states, basically Delhi and its neighbourhood, and has not been reported from other parts of the country.

Unlike the other major cities such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai or Pune where the number of daily new cases dropped to the lower double-digits, Delhi has continued to report a significantly higher number of cases, over 100 per day on an average.

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