A woman is tested for Covid-19 in Bengaluru | Representational image | PTI file photo
A woman is tested for Covid-19 in Bengaluru | Representational image | PTI file photo
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New Delhi: With 10,17,754 active Covid-19 cases, India has recorded a total of 52,14,677 cases so far. According to data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 84,372 people have died and 41,12,551 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 covidtoday.in.

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Rt value

India’s Rt value remained constant at 1.03 on Friday.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands continued to record the lowest Rt value at 0.73. This was followed by Jharkhand at 0.85, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu at 0.89, Assam at 0.92, Tripura at 0.92, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana at 0.94, Mizoram at 0.95, Bihar at 0.96, Nagaland at 0.99, and Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh at 0.99.

Uttar Pradesh recorded a decrease in Rt value to 0.99 Friday from 1.02 Wednesday.

Meghalaya replaced Nagaland to record the highest Rt value in India at 1.33. This was followed by Sikkim at 1.28, Uttarakhand at 1.23, Himachal Pradesh at 1.23, Punjab and Chhattisgarh at 1.15.

Positivity rate

India’s positivity rate also remained constant at 8.60 per cent Friday.

Bihar continued to record the lowest positivity rate at 1.41 per cent. This was followed by Gujarat at 1.77 per cent, Mizoram at 1.96 per cent, Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 2.56 per cent, and Jharkhand at 3.13 per cent.

Goa continued to record the highest positivity rate in India at 32.08 per cent. This was followed by Maharashtra at 24.60 per cent, Nagaland at 17.02 per cent, Chhattisgarh at 16.34 per cent, and Chandigarh at 16.23 per cent.

Daily tests per million

India recorded an average of 70 daily tests per million as of Friday.

Nagaland continued to record the lowest daily tests per million at 198. This was followed by Madhya Pradesh at 299, Himachal Pradesh at 314, Rajasthan at 358, and Sikkim at 376.

Puducherry, meanwhile, continued to record the highest daily tests per million at 3,608. This was followed by Delhi at 3,207, Ladakh at 2,733, Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 2,328 and Meghalaya at 2,077.

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