In Bihar, 352 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday, 71 more than the previous day, while Patna remained the most affected district, with 87 doctors testing positive for the virus. According to the health department, active cases have crossed the four-digit mark and reached 1,074.
On Saturday and Friday, Bihar registered 281 and 158 new cases, respectively. However, no deaths due to the disease have been reported in the last four days and the death toll has remained unchanged at 12,096.
Meanwhile, 87 junior doctors at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) in the city tested positive for coronavirus. Officials said samples from 194 doctors were sent for testing after symptoms were reported.
The administration has taken action and started an active communication tracing drive. The Patna District Magistrate said the PG hostel at NMCH Hospital would be the first containment zone in the city. The IMA function was attended by several dignitaries including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Earlier on Saturday, two doctors from AIIMS in Patna tested positive for Covid-19. According to the IMA, Bihar was among the states with the highest number of doctor deaths reported during the second wave earlier this year.
With the exception of Patna, the fresh uprising has hit Gaya, an important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, badly, accounting for 110 of the new cases. Patna (544) and Gaya (277) together account for about 80 per cent of the total active caseload in the state. Of the 7,27,529 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state so far, 7,14,358 have recovered. A total of 6.12 crore samples including 95,785 have been tested so far in the last 24 hours. The state is still responsible for a confirmed case of the Omicron variant.
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