Covid test positivity rate still high in 69 districts

These districts are spread over 12 states and union territories (UTs) – mostly Kerala and the northeastern states. Of the 69 districts, 36 have TPRs above 10%, and seven above 20%. It is a matter of concern that in 49 of these districts, the ratio has deteriorated in the last two weeks.

A positivity rate of less than 5% indicates that the infection is under control. This reflects rising public mobility and economic activity, with the Nomura India Business Resumption Index returning to pre-pandemic levels last month. Reducing the TPR to below 5% across India will help in making the recovery more comprehensive.

Nine of the 10 districts with the highest increase in TPR are from the Northeast, which otherwise have relatively few active cases. Aizawl in Mizoram, which has the highest number of active cases (7,087) in the region, has seen its TPR increase by 7.4 percentage points (PP) in the past two weeks.

Ernakulam and Kozhikode in Kerala, which each have over 30,000 active cases, saw an increase of 3.6 and 2.5 pp respectively in their TPRs. Apart from Covid-19, Kozhikode is also fighting the menace of Nipah virus, which killed a 12-year-old boy last week. There are three districts with high TPR in Maharashtra. Pune (12,364 active cases) saw an increase of 1.3 per cent in its TPR during this period.

decreasing deaths

India’s weekly deaths fell by 30% in the past seven days, the sharpest drop since the number fell 10 weeks ago. Twenty-one states and union territories reported deaths in the single digits, of which eight reported zero deaths—a general trend for the past few weeks.

The five states with the highest number of deaths – Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh – accounted for 83% of the total deaths in the country in the last one week, compared to 80% a week ago. Barring Kerala, all five recorded a decline this week. The death toll in Maharashtra this week halved to 466.

Of the 10 districts with the highest toll, seven are from Kerala. Kozhikode not only reported the highest (162) deaths among the districts, but also recorded the sharpest increase since last week, at 51%. It is followed by Thrissur and Palakkad, both of which have registered a decline.

vaccination milestone

India’s vaccination coverage increased by 5.7% to 716 million doses in the last seven days. It crossed the 10-million-dose-a-day mark four times in the past two weeks, most recently on September 6 when it delivered 11.5 million doses, the second highest ever. India took an average of about 7.6 million doses a day in the past week, which is almost 1.5 times compared to the previous month.

Among states with a population of more than 10 million, Himachal Pradesh, with 996 doses per 1,000 persons, leads the way in vaccination coverage so far, followed by Kerala (859), Uttarakhand (811), Gujarat (796) and Delhi (780). ) Huh. All these states have been in the leaders since the beginning of April.

Five of the eight northeastern states—Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura—have seen the lowest increase in coverage, each reporting an increase of less than 25 doses per 1,000 persons in the past week.

Indonesian boom

Globally, Bangladesh has handed Indonesia its top spot among the most populous countries in terms of weekly increase in vaccination coverage. The Indonesian government intensified its campaign partly because of the 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccines it received from Australia—the first installment of Australia’s commitment to share 2.5 million doses with Indonesia this year. Indonesia has also approved two more vaccines for emergency use—single-dose jabs produced by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, part of Johnson & Johnson, and CanSino Biologicals Inc. of China.

Despite the relative decline, Bangladesh has increased its vaccination coverage. It launched a mass vaccination campaign for the second dose earlier this week, inspired by the one million Pfizer doses it received from Covax last week. It expects to get five million more doses in phases this month. Meanwhile, India has assured that its vaccine exports will resume soon, but did not commit to a timeline.

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