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Covid-19: Positivity rate higher than 15% in 146 districts, 5-15% in another 274 | India News


NEW DELHI: The rapid increase in Covid-19 cases has caused 146 districts to report more than 15% positivity, while 274 districts have a positivity rate between 5% and 15%, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Center expressed concern about the sudden increase, particularly in the 146 districts with a high positivity rate, and said the health system was facing stress due to the sharp increase in new cases.
Although 308 districts have a positivity rate below 5%, the nationwide case positivity rate is currently 17.9%.

While the age profile of the cases remains largely the same as during the first wave, the data shows that the proportion of deaths due to Covid-19 has increased among the elderly.

During the first wave of the disease, 19.9% ​​of deaths were among people between 70 and 80 years old, while 7.8% were among people over 80 years old. In the second wave, deaths in the 70 to 80 group increased to 22.1% and in those over 80 years to 9.8%.
Furthermore, there is also a marginal increase in deaths in the 30-40 age group. During the first wave, 5.2% of people died in this age group, while 5.3% died in the second wave.
2.95,041 new cases were reported on Tuesday. While more than 76% of new cases originated from 10 states, Maharashtra still has the highest number of daily cases.
Five states, Maharashtra, UP, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, and Kerala, have more than 1 lakh of active cases each.
The Center said all energies were focused on addressing the situation and getting out of the pandemic when asked if the government had “lost” the second wave by taking its eye off the ball. “We are in the middle of the second wave and there is a wave. We cannot say when the numbers will drop, ”said Balram Bhargava, director of the Indian Medical Research Council.
More than 13 crore doses of vaccine were administered as of 8 pm Wednesday. While 87% of all healthcare workers have received the first dose of vaccine, 80% have also taken the second dose.

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