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At 3.10%, Punjab posts lowest positivity rate

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Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4

Punjab on Tuesday posted the lowest Covid-19 positivity rate of 3.10 per cent in India while the national average stood at 8.89 per cent. Only four states in the country — Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh —- have so far managed a Covid positive rate of less than 5 per cent while 28 states and UTs have a positivity rate below 10 per cent.

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today said Covid positivity rate was a major indicator of a state's response to the disease. The World Health Organisation advises nations to conduct at least 140 tests a day per million population until the positivity rate falls below 10 per cent and ultimately below 5 per cent. As of today, India has conducted two crore tests with the cumulative cases rising to 18,55,745, while the recoveries now are more than double the active cases.

As against 12,30,509 recoveries, there are 5,86,298 active cases. The fatality rate has dropped to 2.10 pc, the lowest since the first lockdown on March 25.

from The Tribune

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