Might See Dip in Covid Cases if We Stay Vigilant for Next 6-8 Weeks, Says Randeep Guleria

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Three days after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued Covid-19 guidelines for the upcoming festive season, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Friday that people must remain "alert and vigilant" over the next six to eight weeks in order for cumulative infection rates to decrease.

He said the public must remain cautious and vigilant during the holiday season. “If we stay vigilant for the next six to eight weeks, we should see a decrease in the overall number of Covid-19 cases," he told news agency ANI.

According to data by the Union health ministry, India recorded 26,727 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, a 13.5% increase from the previous day, bringing the total to 3,37,66,707 cases. In the last 24 hours, 28,246 new recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 3,30,43,144. According to ministry data, the death toll has risen to 4,48,339 with the addition of 277 more fatalities.

The MHA warned all states and union territories (UTs) on Tuesday not to be hesitant in applying strong measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and also prolonged the rules until the end of October. "Utmost vigilance must be maintained in respect of large gathering events in order to eliminate any potential of an increase in Covid-19 cases," Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote in a letter.

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