After a gap of over two months, Uttarakhand recorded a single-day surge of 200 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. With this, the cumulative tally of the hill state shot up to 98,880.
Among those who tested positive for the virus on the day was former chief minister Harish Rawat and four of his family members. This comes a day after the senior Congress leader organised a ‘Holi Milan’ event, which was attended by hundreds of party workers, locals, and folk artists.
After his Covid-19 test returned positive, Rawat, in a Facebook post, wrote that he had finally been overpowered by “corona pehelwan (sumo)”. “Four of my family members and I have tested positive for Covid-19. All those who have come in contact with me till this afternoon must get themselves tested for the virus as a precautionary measure,” Rawat said in his post.
Among other people found infected with Covid-19 on the day were seven students of Government Inter College in Ukhimath. They were tested by the health department during random sampling.
Among the fresh cases recorded on Wednesday, the maximum of 71 were found in Haridwar, followed by 63 in Dehradun, 22 in Nainital, 14 in Udham Singh Nagar, eight each in Pauri, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal, five in Pithoragarh and one in Almora.
Meanwhile, the recovery rate of the state was recorded at 95.7% after 49 more people recovered from the Covid-19 infection. The cumulative tally of cured cases now stands at 94,634 in the state. The active cases were recorded at 1,115 in the Himalayan state.