Covid-19 Cases may peak in June-July: AIIMS

After a dip yesterday, India again witnessed a surge of 3,561 Covid infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total count to 52,952 and death toll to 1,783.

Covid-19 Cases may peak in June-July: AIIMS

Stressing that the surge in new cases could be linked to aggressive testing, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said: “As a percentage of tests, India’s total Covid positivity rate is still between 4 per cent and 4.5 per cent. Most cases are restricted to a few areas. Management must involve reducing numbers in these areas and preventing unaffected areas from getting the disease.”

Asked about the peak, Guleria, a top public health expert guiding India’s Covid response, said: “The disease will peak at some point but we can’t say what its size would be. Based on projections by experts, the peak is likely somewhere between June and July, but this can change depending on our response over the next few weeks.”

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, meanwhile, today asked the states to ensure all cases of severe pneumonia and influenza like illnesses in unaffected districts were found and tested for Covid.

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Ban on sanitiser export

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