Kerala and Mizoram Positivity Rates Too High? Containment could be the only solution


Covid positivity rates in Kerala, Mizoram continue to remain appallingly high even as the country as a whole has seen a downward trend in the number of cases.

A high positivity rate indicates that a state may only test critically ill people and require further monitoring and treatment of a larger infected population. While death rates may have been lower this time around compared to the peak of Wave 2 in April-May, any new variant carries the risk of taking more lives.

With a 16% positivity rate over a 14-day period, Kerala is within containment, TOI reports. Meanwhile, the positivity rate in Mizoram stands at 17%, followed by Sikkim, Manipur and Meghalaya, each varying between 5% and 8%.

Bihar, UP, Delhi, Haryana and Gujarat are among the states that appear to have the infection currently under control with the total number of confirmed cases per 100 tests dropping down to 0.006%.

States like Goa, Karnataka, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, etc. had recorded a positivity rate of up to 42% in the first half of May. Goa had the highest at 42%, Karnataka and West Bengal at 31% and 30% followed by Kerala at 27%.

Since then, each of the other states has managed to contain the outbreak to less than 1%, with the exception of Kerala and some northeastern states.

Apart from Kerala, other tourist destinations, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, J&K and Goa have succeeded in curbing the spread of the virus, each of them having a bi-monthly positivity of less than 2%, with J&K and Uttarakhand having it lower than 1%.

Kerala with 1.4 lakh of active cases leads all states, followed by Maharashtra with over 36,000 active cases, Tamil Nadu (17,200), Mizoram (16,015), Karnataka (12,500) and Andhra Pradesh (11,700). Five others currently have active cases between 1,000 and 7,000.

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