New Delhi: India’s daily positive cases seem to be on the upward growth trajectory once again after showing a dip for a few days, but the low positivity is good news, with the proviso that it is sustained. Of all the tests ever done in India, 8.35 per cent have come back positive, while the case fatality rate in the country stands at 1.56 per cent.
India has sustained its trend of maintaining active cases below the 10-lakh mark for the 10th successive day. A total of 76 per cent active cases are in 10 states/union territories. As of date, the active cases contribute only 14.90 per cent to the positive caseload of the country.
Number of deaths
A total of 1,181 deaths were registered in the past 24 hours, and 82 per cent of new deaths were reported from 10 states and UTs. Around 40 per cent deaths reported Wednesday were from Maharashtra (481 deaths), followed by Karnataka with 87 deaths.
The top three states in the country in terms of case fatality rate are Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Of these, Maharashtra is the only state in the top five high-burden list but Punjab seems to be the only one where mortality is on an upward trajectory.
India tested closer to its daily capacity in the last 24 hours, with 14,23,052 tests, taking the total to 7,56,19,781 since January. There are currently 1,853 laboratories — 1,093 government and 760 private — that are conducting RT-PCR, CBNAAT and TrueNat and antigen tests.
With the rise in daily testing numbers, the sample positivity rate fell once again to 6.1 per cent. There is no clarity on what percentage of symptomatic antigen tests negatives tested positive after the mandatory retesting with RT-PCR.
A total of 85,376 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. India’s total recoveries stand at 52,73,201 Thursday. Higher number of single day recoveries have resulted in continuous increase in the national recovery rate, which is currently pegged at 83.53 per cent.
A total of 86,821 new confirmed cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in the country. And 76 per cent of the new cases are concentrated in 10 states. Maharashtra contributed more than 18,000 new cases. Karnataka and Kerala both contributed more than 8,000.
High burden states
Of the total disease count of 3,99,082 in Uttar Pradesh, 4,226 cases and 69 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The state’s total sample positivity rate for all tests conducted till date stands at 3.95 per cent.
Of all the tests Andhra Pradesh has ever done, 11.94 per cent have come back positive, taking its total to 6,93,484. In the last 24 hours, 6,133 cases and 48 deaths were reported in the state where cases are growing at the rate of 1.01 per cent.
A total of 18,317 cases and 484 deaths in the last 24 hours have taken the total in Maharashtra now to 13,84,446. Of all the tests ever conducted in the state, 20.40 per cent have come back positive till date.
The total cases in Karnataka currently stand at 6,01,767, of which 8,856 cases and 87 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Around 12.28 per cent of all tests done in Karnataka have tested positive till date.
With a cumulative test positivity rate of 8.13 per cent, Tamil Nadu has so far reported 5,97,602 cases, of which 5,659 were reported in the last 24 hours. The state’s case fatality rate stands at 1.59 per cent, marginally higher than the national average of 1.56 per cent.
Tests and positive cases
Karnataka does seem to be pulling up its ‘testing socks’ after being asked by the central government, but tests in Maharashtra seem to be stagnating. Uttar Pradesh is increasingly becoming a model testing state with its high numbers and low test positivity. The only gap in its data being about the number of antigen tests, among its 1.61 lakh tests.