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Uttarakhand performs the highest weekly tests in history with more than 99,000 Covid-19 samples

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With Uttarakhand completing 40 weeks this weekend since the state’s first Covid-19 case was reported, analysis of health department data shows that the highest weekly tests were conducted last week.

According to official records from the state health department, more than 99,000 tests for Covid-19 were performed between December 13 and 19. A total of 3914 cases were reported during the week, while 3904 patients recovered successfully.

Anoop Nautiyal, founder of the Dehradun-based Social Development for Communities expert group that has been analyzing Covid-19 data in the hill state, said that in the last week the state reported the lowest weekly deaths in the last month and active cases crossed 6000.

“After studying the Covid-19 data for so many months, the trend shows that the state has likely crossed the phase of maximum vulnerability that was observed around September with daily cases touching the 2000 mark. Cases have been reduced now, but we still need to control our death rate. Uttarakhand’s death rate is higher than the national average, while the recovery rate is lower than the national average, ”Nautiyal said.

The national recovery rate is 95.40%, while the state has a recovery rate of 89.99%.

Uttarakhand has so far reported more than 86,000 cases with the death of more than 1,400 positive patients. More than 77,000 positive patients in the state have recovered successfully. The positivity rate in the state now stands at 5.34% and the death rate at 1.64%. The mortality rate in the country stands at 1.45%.

Dehradun district has reported the highest of 25,555 positive Covid-19 cases so far, followed by Haridwar (13,017), Nagar from the United States (10,878) and Nainital (10,325).

The state health department has so far tested 16.16 lakh people, of which more than 12,600 are pending.

Currently, Uttarakhand has a total of 19 containment zones with a maximum of seven of those zones in Dehradun district.

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