A total of 33,685 hospitals across India took part in the two-day-long mock drill to check their preparedness for treating Covid-19 cases, reported the Indian Express.

In the past week, on average, India saw 5,555 Covid-19 cases daily compared with 3,108 in the week prior to that, as per data shared by the Union Health Ministry.

The rise in cases is attributed to the newly emergent recombinant coronavirus variant XBB.1.16.

Of the 33,685 hospitals, 28,050 were government hospitals while 5,635 were private hospitals.

The two-day drill at the hospitals spread across 724 districts began earlier this week.

During the mock drill programme, the healthcare facilities were checked for availability of oxygen, beds, isolation beds, ventilators, PSA plants, oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders.

Even though the central government has only recommended people adhere to Covid-19-appropriate behaviour, some states have made masks mandatory.

In Haryana state, masks are mandatory for any gathering of more than 100 people; Kerala has made masks compulsory for pregnant women, the elderly and people with lifestyle diseases, while Puducherry has made masks mandatory in public places.

The total case count in the country surpassed the 6,000 mark on 6 and 7 April. As per the present data, the number has remained at more than 5,000.

On 11 April, the country reported 15 deaths, and the average daily positivity rate grew to 4.12% in the past seven days compared with 2.82% during the prior week.