Health workers prepare to collect swab samples for COVID-19 tests, at an office in Kozhikode on 21 July 2020 | PTI
Health workers prepare to collect swab samples for COVID-19 tests | PTI
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New Delhi: With 9,90,061 active Covid-19 cases, India has recorded a total of 49,30,236 infections so far. According to the data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 80,776 people have died and 38,59,399 have recovered in total.

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 decreased to 1.02 Tuesday from 1.05 Monday.

Sikkim continued to record the lowest Rt value in India at 0.74. This was followed by Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu at 0.78, Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 0.85, Bihar at 0.88, and Jharkhand, Telangana, and Tripura at 0.90. Assam recorded an Rt value of 0.92, while Andhra Pradesh was at 0.94, Puducherry at 0.95, Goa and Manipur at 0.97, Ladakh at 0.98, Tamil Nadu at 0.98, Karnataka at 0.99.

On Tuesday, 15 states and UTs recorded a Rt value of less than 1.

Nagaland continued to record the highest Rt value at 1.58. This was followed by Mizoram at 1.27, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh at 1.22, and Uttarakhand at 1.21.

Positivity rate

India’s positivity rate increased to 8.61 per cent Tuesday from 8.36 per cent Monday.

Bihar continued to record lowest positivity rate in India at 1.29 per cent. This was followed by Gujarat at 1.84 per cent, Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 3.54 per cent, Jharkhand at 3.69 per cent, Manipur at 3.85 per cent, and Telangana at 3.91 per cent.

Goa too continued to record the highest positivity rate in India at 29.94. This was followed by Maharashtra at 25.24 per cent, Nagaland at 21.79 per cent, and Chattisgarh at 16.16 per cent.

Daily tests per million

India’s average daily tests per million stood at 59 as of Tuesday.

Rajasthan replaced Nagaland to record lowest daily tests per million at 170. This was followed by Sikkim at 195, Nagaland at 195, Madhya Pradesh at 200, Himachal Pradesh at 249.

Puducherry replaced Delhi to record the highest daily tests per million at 2,849. This was followed by Ladakh at 2,546, Delhi at 2,398, Chandigarh at 1,956, Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 1,700.

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