The Indian Ministry of Health has announced that masks are mandatory in some regions, including the states of Haryana and Kerela, after an increase in COVID-19 cases in 8 states in the country.
Indian epidemiologist Dr. Lalit Kant said that the increase in cases in the country is linked to the newly emerged XBB.1.16 variant.
It was reported that the incidence of the said variant in the country increased from 21.6 percent in February to 35.8 percent in March, but there was no similar increase in hospitalization or death rates.
The Indian Ministry of Health reported that 5 thousand 357 new cases were seen in the last 24 hours and the number of active cases was 32 thousand 814.
In the country, on March 30, the highest number of cases in about 6 months was reached with 3 thousand 16 cases.