India’s capital plans to increase testing for COVID-19, encourage use of masks after increase in cases

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New Delhi will ramp up testing for COVID-19 On Thursday, a local minister said he was encouraging greater use of masks, after India recorded its highest daily number of cases in nearly six months.

India registered On Thursday, the federal health ministry said 3,016 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number since Oct. 3, a Reuters tally showed.

The National Capital Region New Delhi recorded 300 new cases in a single day, the local government said late Wednesday, the highest level since August last year, according to local media.

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Women walk near graffiti amid the spread of the coronavirus disease in New Delhi, India.  D.C. is ramping up testing for the virus after a surge in cases.

Women walk near graffiti amid the spread of the coronavirus disease in New Delhi, India. D.C. is ramping up testing for the virus after a surge in cases. (Reuters / Anshri Vadnavis)

“The positivity rate is above 10% in Delhi, but the number of tests is low, so there is no reason to panic. We have issued advice asking people to wear masks if they have flu-like symptoms and in hospitals,” Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj told reporters after. An emergency meeting of the local government to discuss the increasing cases.

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India has recorded more than 44 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic three years ago, the second highest toll after United State.

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