Northern Region Districts Surpass Positivity Rate Limit As Covid Cases Rise | Chandigarh News
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CHANDIGARH: With the acceleration of new cases in the region, the limit of the positivity rate recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) has been exceeded in many districts as others have approached the recommended bar by 5%.
The higher the positivity rate, the more difficult it is to control the spread of the virus. One of the districts recorded a positivity rate eight times higher than the WHO parameter.
According to the latest report compiled by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) based on data entered by states / laboratories into the ICMR portal, two districts in Punjab and one in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh are listed on the list of districts exceeding the prescribed limit.
Lahul and Spiti, a remote district in Himachal Pradesh, recorded a weekly positivity rate of 40%, the highest among any districts in the country, where more than 10% of samples were found infected, followed by Kolkata in a second distance with a rate of 29.07%.
Pathankot, Patiala and Gurugram were among the districts in the region with a positivity rate between 5% and 10%.
In Pathankot and Patiala, which became the epicenter of new cases in Punjab, 5.77% and 5.48% of 100 samples returned positive, respectively, while in Gurugram the rate was 5, 41%.
In accordance with guidelines issued by the central government to contain the spread of the infection, there should be a constant review of the numbers relating to the population affected by the virus and the geographic spread. If they test positive 10% or more in a week, state governments have been urged to order local governments to enforce district-level containment measures and restrictions, which must be strictly enforced.
If the projections are taken into account, the trend of daily increases in cases is expected to continue in the coming weeks. As the three states have geographic proximity, public health experts insist on containment measures to prevent infection spillovers, which has been observed in the past.