Punjab Covid Positivity Rate Lowest In Months: The Tribune India

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, July 11

After remaining above 10% in May, the weekly positivity rate for Covid tests in Punjab has now fallen to less than 0.5%.

In the past week, 2.91 lakh samples were collected, of which only 1,233 tested positive for Covid-19, bringing last week’s positivity rate to 0.42%.

The rate remained between 1 and 2 percent in January and February, but started to increase afterwards. In the second week of May, it peaked, reaching 22% on May 10. Since then, there has been a gradual decline. On Saturday, the state only reported a positivity rate of 0.30%.

During the second wave, the rate remained consistently above 10 percent. In May, the state’s overall rate had steadily reached 15 percent.

The situation was particularly worrying in the districts of SAS Nagar, Ferozepur, Bathinda, Fazilka, Mansa and Muktsar, where the rate exceeded 15%. According to experts, the positivity rate was an important indicator as it helped to understand the quantum of spread of infection in society.

Daily confirmed cases averaged 175 last week and the daily sample average stood at 42,000. In addition, the number of daily deaths has dropped significantly, with just 50 victims reported in the past week.


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