COVID-19 infection being 'effectively contained', positivity rate below 8 per cent for 4th day: Govt
This has been brought about by a high level of comprehensive countrywide testing.
The 10-day average PR, however, has come down from 8.53 pc to 6.32 pc with daily cases reducing from 4,142 to 2,833
The tests were reduced possibly to keep daily case count in check instead of actually ascertaining the spread of infection, they say.
With no let up in the spiralling of cases, 11 districts were found to have a Test Positivity Rate (TPR) above 10. The state’s TPR, which had gone up to 14.65, now stands at 13.85.
With test positivity rate (TPR) in Kerala crossing the 14%- mark, there is a growing demand to increase the number of daily tests of samples.
Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Shanmugan instructed Collector K Rajamani to bring down Covid-19 positivity rate below five per cent and maintain daily cases below 100 by increasing the samples tested.
Health Minister C Vijayabaskar on Thursday said the test positivity rate in the State is less than 10 per cent, except in Krishnagiri and Cuddalore districts.
In certain hospitals, like the Osmania General Hospital, there is no doffing area and PG doctors take off their PPE suits in the rooms where they rest.
Telangana, Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Puducherry, Punjab have higher COVID infection rate among healthcare workers
Union health ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the positivity rate of healthcare workers is tracked by the ministry and shared with the states and UTs.
The ministry also said that the high test positivity rate among healthcare workers in 6 states led by Telangana is a matter of worry.
State conducts 637 tests on an average per day per million, above national average of 545
The testing for the disease has been increased from 363 tests per million per day on August 1 to more than 600 tests per million per day at present, the Union Health Ministry said.
The crucial indicator from these states also signals that the epidemic is far from being over in spite of the very high incidence of the infectious disease already.
Although the case positivity rate has dropped to 4.8%, the State is at 10th slot in terms of active cases as 15,807 patients are now under treatment at various Covid hospitals and Covid care centres.
There is some good news from Udupi district. The Covid- 19 test positivity rate (TPR) that stood at 26 per cent initially has come down to 15 per cent this week.