New Delhi: Despite ramping up daily tests to a record high of over 2 lakh, the test positivity rate in Maharashtra remains a very high 27.5 per cent.
Similarly, in Chhattisgarh, which has been conducting a high number of daily tests since the beginning, the positivity rate is still 20 per cent.
Both states now need to ramp up testing to bring the positivity down to 10 per cent, which is considered the benchmark for adequate testing.
Here’s a look at the test positivity rate in the top five states with highest number of active cases in the country:
Karnataka and Kerala are performing relatively well in terms of testing, with positivity at 6 and 5.9 per cent respectively.
Active cases in India increased to 8,43,473, the highest since October. Maharashtra continues to have the highest share of active cases in the country and accounts for over 56 per cent of the active cases in the country.
Over the last 24 hours, 1,15,736 people tested positive for Covid-19 across the country. This is the highest number of cases reported in a single day in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
Number of deaths
In the last 24 hours, 630 people died of Covid-19 in the country. This has brought the total death toll to 1,66,177.
Punjab’s case fatality is 2.80 and continues to be the highest in the country. Sikkim has the second-highest rate at 2.16 while Maharashtra saw its CFR decrease to 1.80.
In the last 24 hours, 33,37,601 vaccine doses were given across the country. So far, 8,70,77,474 vaccine doses have been administered in India.
As many as 1,11,40,459 people have received both doses of the vaccine in India so far.
In the last 24 hours, 12,08,329 Covid tests were carried out across 1,228 government and 1,215 private laboratories in the country. A total of more than 25.1 crore tests have been carried out so far.
The test positivity, in the last 24 hours, increased to 9.5 per cent. The overall positivity, calculated since the beginning of the pandemic, is now 5.0 per cent.
As many as 59,856 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals across India in the last 24 hours. This has brought the total number of recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,17,92,135.
As many as 1,28,01,785 people in India have been infected with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The highest number of cases have been reported from Maharashtra, followed by Kerala and Karnataka.
States with highest active cases
Active cases in Maharashtra increased to 4,73,693, with 55,469 new cases in the last 24 hours.
A total of 31,13,354 people from Maharashtra have been infected with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 56,330 people have died with 297 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Chhattisgarh reported 9,921 new cases in the last 24 hours — the highest in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. This has taken the number of active cases in the state to 52,445.
A total of 3,86,269 cases were detected from the state since the beginning of the pandemic. As many as 53 patients have died in the state in the last 24 hours, which has taken the death toll to 4,416.
Active cases in Karnataka increased to 45,126, with 6,150 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
A total of 10,26,584 Covid-19 cases have been reported from the state since the beginning of the pandemic.
With 36 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll increased to 12,696.
In Kerala, active Covid-19 cases increased to 30,275, with 3,502 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the last 24 hours.
This has taken the total number of cases detected from the state to 11,41,092 since the beginning of the pandemic. With 14 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the state’s Covid-19 death toll increased to 4,694.
Uttar Pradesh now has the fifth-highest share of active cases. With 5,895 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the last 24 hours, active cases in the state increased to 27,509.
A total of 6,39,928 people in the state have tested positive so far. With 32 deaths in the last 24 hours, the state’s death toll increased to 8,924.
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