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Omicron’s new variant silently spreading, India’s active cases up to 61,233: INSACOG

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New Delhi, April 18: The Union Health Ministry of India on Tuesday morning released fresh data which revealed the India has recorded 7,633 new Covid-19 infections, while the active cases have increased to 61,233. The death toll has increased to 5,31,152 with 11 deaths.

Around 436 cases of XBB1.16.1 mutated sub-variant have been detected in India, according to the data released by INSACOG. A PTI report has revealed that up until now, all these cases of the subvariant have been found across 18 states and Union Territories, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Haryana.

What is XBB1.16.1?

For those unaware, XBB1.16.1 is a mutation of Omicron’s infectious XBB1.16 variant. The variant was first found in January when two samples had tested positive for it.

Meanwhile, India recorded 9,111 new Covid-19 infections on April 17 with the active case count rising to 60,313, as per the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll shot up to 5,31,141 with 27 deaths.

Six deaths were registered in Gujarat, four were from Uttar Pradesh, three each from Delhi and Rajasthan, two from Maharashtra, and one each from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the data updated at 8 am said.

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