New Delhi: India’s effective reproduction number or R for Covid — an indicator of how fast the infection is spreading — has once again increased to 0.98, shortly after it dipped to 0.94 at the end of last week.
The increase comes with a sharp rise in the value in the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir and the state of Mizoram. All major cities apart from New Delhi, too, have R values over 1.
From 1.07 last week, Jammu & Kashmir’s R rose to 1.23 this week. Mizoram, where R was 0.88 last week, saw the value increase to 1.14.
Telangana’s R had reduced to 0.95 last week from 1.06 the week before. It has increased once again to 1.07 this week.
Similarly, for West Bengal, R went from 1.07 around 5 November to 0.96 last week. However, it has increased once again to 1.02 this week.
While all other states with a high number of active cases have an R value below 1, some are showing increasing trends. Maharashtra, for example, saw its R value increase to 0.99 this week from 0.88 last week.
Himachal Pradesh, too, saw a sharp increase, with R going to 0.97 this week from 0.62 last week. Tamil Nadu (0.94 from 0.92) and Odisha (0.87 from 0.83) both saw small increases.
For Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka, R has remained the same as last week at 0.84, 0.93, and 0.95, respectively.
R increased for Chennai to 1.05 this week from 0.91 last week, while that for Kolkata increased to 1.02 from 0.96. Mumbai’s R increased to 1.02 from 1.
Pune saw its R drop to 1.09 this week from 1.11, while Delhi’s R came down to 0.9 from 1.
R for Bengaluru has remained 1.04 since last week.
(Edited by Paramita Ghosh)
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