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Delhi records 2nd hottest April in 72 years, heat wave will continue till May 2

The recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 percent, the ministry said.

A decision on the vaccination of children aged 5 to 12 will be taken based on the recommendation of an expert committee, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday. According to sources, the matter could be discussed at a meeting of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) scheduled for Friday.

After recording more than 100 coronavirus cases for two consecutive days, Mumbai reported 90 new infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 10,59,635, but no new deaths related to the disease were recorded, the civic body said. from the city. The city reported less than 100 daily cases of COVID-19 after a two-day interval. A day ago, the financial capital recorded 112 cases, the highest daily tally since February 25, while 102 coronavirus patients were detected on Tuesday.

With no coronavirus-related deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll remained unchanged at 19,562, according to a bulletin from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

Noting that the next three to four weeks are crucial for Odisha, the state government on Thursday warned the districts and asked them to keep all health facilities ready to deal with any possible increase in COVID-19 infections. 19, a senior health department official said.

Although the state has reported a maximum of 20 new cases per day this month, it should not be considered that COVID-19 has completely disappeared from Odisha. COVID infections are likely to increase in the state in the coming days for which all measures must be in place to deal with the impending situation, Director of Health Bijay Mohapatra told reporters here.

On the global front, South Africa is experiencing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases due to another version of the coronavirus, according to health experts. Cases had been declining in the country since February. But a new subvariant of omicron that scientists call BA.4 started increasing cases last week and they have been increasing rapidly since, said Salim Abdool Karim, who previously advised the government on its COVID-19 response. 19.

So far there has been only a slight increase in hospitalizations and no increase in deaths, said Abdool Karim, a public health expert at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. South Africa is recording just over 6,000 COVID-19 cases a day, up from a few hundred just a few weeks ago. The proportion of positive tests rose from 4% in mid-April to 19% on Thursday, according to official figures. Wastewater monitoring has also shown an increase in the spread of the coronavirus.

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