Covid: At 41%, Goa sets record positivity rate, Delhi closes second | India News
Such a high infection rate points to underreported cases and the need for increased testing. Compared to the situation in March, when only one state had passed the 7% positivity mark, the new outbreak indicates that the number of cases may remain high even as the second wave has resulted in new restrictions in many states. The biweekly TOI positivity rate study indicates a lack of adequate testing, tracing, and treatment.
In Delhi, the positivity rate rose from 19% in the previous fortnight (April 8-21) to 32% in the fortnight of April 21 to May 4. After Goa and Delhi, West Bengal is the third most affected state with a positivity rate of 30% in the fortnight from April 21 to May 4. The positivity rate across India has skyrocketed from 15% to 21% over the past two fortnights from 3-4% in March.
Maharashtra, however, is showing signs of slowing down with the infection rate dropping from 25% (during April 8-21) to 23% in the last fortnight (April 21-May 4). Chhattisgarh has also dropped slightly, from 29% to 28% during this period.
Nine states have reported a positivity rate between 10% and 20%. Only Assam and a few other northeastern states have 5% contained infections. Odisha witnessed a rapid increase in cases where the infection rate increased from 8% to 17% in the last two fortnights.