Data drive: Positivity rate dips further

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Updated: Nov 07, 2020 10:10 AM

While positivity rates had crossed the 10% mark in September, within two months, the positivity rate has dipped to 4.2%.

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India, over the last few days, has been consistently recording less than 50,000 cases daily. On Friday, the country recorded 47,638 infections. But, the real relief has been a dip in the positivity rates—daily cases upon daily tests. While positivity rates had crossed the 10% mark in September, within two months, the positivity rate has dipped to 4.2%.

This trend is also visible in some of India’s largest states. In Andhra Pradesh, positivity has dipped from 18% to 3.3%. In Karnataka, the dip is from 13.2% to 3.3%. In Maharashtra, the positivity has decreased from 21.7% to 8.2%. In Tamil Nadu, which tests using only using RT-PCR the dip has been from 7.2% to 3.3%. While Kerala still has a higher positivity of 11.2%, this has come down from 14.2% from a month ago period.

However, Delhi and Haryana are following a different trend. In Delhi, over the last few days positivity has increased to 11%, Harayana has also witnessed a jump to 8.2%. On Friday, Delhi recorded close to 7,000 cases for third day in a row. As the city finds more infections and ramps up testing, positivity may go up further. Three-fourths of the tests in Delhi are done using the rapid antigen test.

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