As India stares at a second Covid wave, 46,951 fresh coronavirus cases in 24 hours – biggest single-day jump since November 7 – took the country’s tally to 1,16,46,081, the government data showed Monday morning.
Of these, over 1.11 crore people have recovered so far, and 1,59,967 total deaths have been recorded.
In the last one week, India has seen the sharpest surge in fresh infections in nearly four months after the spread of virus had seemed to slow down.
Restrictions have returned in several parts of the country as government and experts say violation of protocols is leading to surge in cases.
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Concern over an alarming increase in new coronavirus cases in India – 131,750 over the past 72 hours – was underlined Monday by a spike in the ‘R’, or ‘reproduction rate’, of the virus, which has jumped to 1.32 – the highest since April last year, when there were fewer than 27,000 cases.
The ‘R’ factor – a statistic used worldwide to track, and potentially, control the spread of the virus – is a measure of how many people are being infected by one infected person.
A ‘R’ of 2.0 indicates that one person with COVID-19 will, on average, infect two others. Each of those two will infect two more (spreading the disease to an average of four people) and so on.
In a pandemic situation the ideal ‘R’ target is below 1.0, which ensures that the virus will eventually stop spreading because it cannot infect enough people to sustain the outbreak.
The Indian Tea Association on Monday hiked the minimum per day wage of workers by an interim amount of Rs 26. This was after the Gauhati High Court put the onus on raising wages on tea plantation owners. The decision was taken at a meeting of the association’s national committee.