An Assam Rifles trooper is tested for Covid-19 at a centre in Dimapur, Nagaland | Yimkumla Longkumer
An Assam Rifles trooper is tested for Covid-19 at a centre in Dimapur, Nagaland | Yimkumla Longkumer
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New Delhi: With 9,95,933 active Covid-19 cases, India has recorded a total of 50,20,359 cases so far. According to data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 82,066 people have died and 39,42,360 have recovered.

In ThePrint’s daily States Tracker, we take a look at the data on testing and the rate at which the infection is spreading throughout India.

For this analysis, we use three parameters:

Rt value, known as reproduction number, is indicative of the number of new cases that are expected to emerge from a single case. An R value of less than 1 suggests that the rate of infection is slow since an infected patient will only infect less than one person.

Positivity rate is the percentage of people who are found to be infected by the virus from those who are being tested. This parameter indicates how widespread the disease is.

Daily tests per million give insight into the amount of testing being conducted in relation to the population of the area.

All data is sourced from

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Rt value

India’s Rt value increased to 1.03 Wednesday from 1.02 Tuesday.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands replaced Sikkim to record the lowest Rt value in India at 0.82. This was followed by Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu at 0.85, Bihar at 0.92, Sikkim at 0.92, Assam at 0.93, Telangana at 0.93, Jharkhand at 0.94, Tripura at 0.94, Andhra Pradesh at 0.95, Puducherry at 0.98 and Tamil Nadu at 0.98.

In all, 11 states and Union Territories recorded Rt value of less than 1.

Nagaland continued to record the highest Rt value in India at 1.29. This was followed by Uttarakhand at 1.24, Meghalaya at 1.23, Himachal Pradesh at 1.21 and Mizoram at 1.19.

Positivity rate

India’s positivity rate decreased to 8.60 per cent Wednesday from 8.61 per cent Tuesday.

Bihar continued to record the lowest positivity rate in India at 1.36 per cent. This was followed by Gujarat at 1.83 per cent, Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 3.63 per cent, Jharkhand at 3.89 per cent and Telangana at 3.92 per cent.

Goa, too, continued to record the highest positivity rate at 31.14 per cent. This was followed by Maharashtra at 24.98 per cent, Nagaland at 21.63 per cent, Chhattisgarh at 16.33 per cent and Karnataka at 13.89 per cent.

Daily tests per million

India recorded an average of 66 daily tests per million as of Wednesday.

Nagaland replaced Rajasthan to record the lowest daily tests per million at 165. This was followed by Madhya Pradesh at 237, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu at 315, Rajasthan at 408.

Puducherry continued to record the highest tests per million at 4,168. This was followed by Delhi at 3,349, Ladakh at 2,546 and Chandigarh at 2,290.

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