IT’S BACK BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER LEFT: NEW CORONAVIRUS PLAGUE VARIANT “ARCTURUS” IS BEHIND NEW CORONAVIRUS PLAGUE SURGE IN INDIA; WEARING FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC HAS BEEN MADE COMPULSORY AGAIN; CASE NUMBERS THROUGHOUT INDIA RISE BY 3,122 IN A SINGLE DAY
The troubling ‘Arcturus’ Covid variant is more formally known as the Omicron sub-variant XBB.1.16 with most cases coming from India, which has seen a recent surge in infections.
A new variant of Covid-19 dubbed ‘Arcturus’ is behind a fresh surge of infections in India.
The Omicron sub-variant XBB.1.16 strain is causing havoc in the country where cases have soared 13-fold in the last month.
India’s health ministry launched mock drills this week in an attempt to see if hospitals are prepared to deal with a possible influx of patients following the rise in cases.
Wearing face coverings in public has been made compulsory again in some states, being the first time in more than a year for some.
One example is the southern state of Kerela where Health Minister Veena George reintroduced masks for the elderly, pregnant women, and those with underlying conditions.
This week, case numbers throughout India rose by 3,122 in a single day.