Positivity has remained low despite increasing the number of daily tests from a minimum of 60,000 to 1 lakh
BENGALURU: A sign that the containment measures are working, the daily positivity rate for Covid-19 tests over the past three months – 108 days – has been less than 1% in Karnataka despite a significant increase in the number of tests carried out daily. Currently, at least one lakh tests are performed statewide each day.
The last time Karnataka reported a daily test positivity rate of over 1% was on August 23. Since August 24, the daily positivity rate has remained below 1% and the recovery rate is nearly 98.5% with over 29.5 lakh closing. to three lakh people who have contracted the infection since the pandemic broke out in March 2020, recovering from the disease.
Data from the Department of Health and Family Welfare shows that the weekly positivity rate has been less than 1% in the past 114 days. The positivity rate for Thursday was 0.3%.
Weekly rate also reduced
After the horrors of the second wave of infection, the number of positive cases gradually declined from August, according to health department officials. However, data from the Covid-19 state war room shows that even though the state’s weekly positivity rate had fallen to less than 1% by the end of September, the corresponding data was over 1% in Chikkamagaluru. , Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Udupi and Mysore districts.
However, at the end of October, the weekly positivity rate was below 0.8% in the state’s 31 districts, while the state average was 0.4%, an official said.
Dr MK Sudarshan, chairman of the state’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), said it was a good indicator of a low infection rate. “Even after testing went from 60,000 to one lakh of people per day, the state’s daily positivity rate was less than 1%,” he said. He said that although there have been cluster epidemics, the number of cases has not increased significantly. “There is no indication of a third wave,” he said.
Agreeing with him, Dr CN Manjunath, a member of the clinical expert committee, said the fairly low test positivity rate shows the pandemic is under control. “Despite the overcrowding and the holding of elections earlier, there is no increase in the positivity rate,” said Dr Manjunath. “There is no indication of an impending third wave. However, behaviors appropriate to Covid should not be ignored and people should not become complacent. With this virus (SARS-CoV2), there can always be surprises. ”
K’taka at the head of vaccinations
With 94.4% of the eligible population having taken at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Karnataka rose to the top of the country’s main states on Wednesday in terms of first-dose vaccination coverage. The state moved Gujarat to the top of the list. Out of the target population of nearly 4.9 crore, Karnataka administered the first dose to over 4.6 crore people.
In a tweet, K Sudhakar, Minister of Health, confirmed that the state had moved up to first place in coverage of first doses since Wednesday.