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The daily positivity rate doubles from 8% to 16.7% in just 12 days | India News


NEW DELHI: Amid a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, the daily positivity rate in the past 12 days doubled from 8% to 16.7%. A steady increase was seen since April 12, even as tests increased only marginally. Chhattisgarh had a phenomenal infection rate of 30.3%.
The national weekly positivity rate has increased from 3% to 13.5% in the last month. In addition to Chhattisgarh, states and UTs such as Goa, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Ladakh also reported high positivity during April 11-17, representing a strong increase in weekly positivity compared to a month ago (April 11-17). March).
Goa (24.2%), Maharashtra (24.1%) and Rajasthan (23.3%) have a weekly positivity greater than 20%, indicating the need for much more testing and containment.
Authorities said that while cases were increasing rapidly, daily testing for infections had not increased proportionally in most states. In addition, the proportion of RT-PCR remains low in states of interest that have a large number of cases.
In general, the daily tests have been in the range of 11.73 lakh to 15.66 lakh in the last 12 days.
On Saturday, 2,61,500 new cases were reported across the country and 10 states accounted for 79% of the total. While Maharashtra continues to record the highest number of new cases daily at 67,123, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi also report a sharp increase in cases over the past fortnight.
Between April 4-17, Uttar Pradesh saw a daily increase in new cases from 4,136 to 27,334, while in Delhi, new cases increased from 4,033 to 24,375 in the same period.
The other states with large numbers of new cases are Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan.
In most of these states, healthcare systems are under pressure and many critically ill patients seek oxygen support and ventilator-supported ICU beds. The Center has called on states to urgently increase hospital infrastructure and bed capacity. In a letter to the states and UT, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked them to secure as many hospitals or dedicated blocks as possible for Covid-19 patients.
On Saturday, 1,501 new deaths were reported and Maharashtra recorded the highest of 419, followed by Delhi with 167.
With more deaths from the infection, the national recovery rate has dropped during this second wave to 86.62%.
India’s total active case load has reached over 18 lakh of cases and Maharashtra only accounts for 38% of the total.

Times of India