At 30%, Delhi pips Maharashtra in Covid positivity rate

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NEW DELHI: In the first two weeks of June, Delhi overtook Maharashtra and witnessed a significant rise in coronavirus positivity rate at 30%. The two states are among nine that have reported positivity rates — the number of confirmed cases per 100 tests — much above 5% over the last couple of fortnights, putting them in the red zone where enhanced containment measures are required.
Delhi showed a positivity rate of 30% between June 5 and 18. The rate was 4.34% between May 19 and June 1 and 7% in the previous fortnight (between May 7 and 21). It rose to 27% between May 31 and June 1 and has maintained the upward trajectory.
Maharashtra, which had the highest positivity rate of 18% and above in the previous three two-week periods analysed by TOI, is second after Delhi with a rate of 21% in the June 5-18 period. The others in the top nine are Telangana at 12%, Gujarat 10%, Tamil Nadu 10%, Haryana 9%, Uttarakhand 6%, Chandigarh and Bihar at above 5%.
Kerala at 1.6% and Punjab at 1% are among 11 best performing states that have kept positivity rate below 3% in all the four two-week periods studied since May 7. The others are Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka and Jharkhand. Most of the north-eastern states have been reporting a low number of cases. Barring Tripura and Meghalaya with one death each, five other north-eastern states have reported no Covid-19 deaths so far.
West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have been in the green zone so far with the positivity rate between 3% and 5%, but the curve has not shown any sign of flattening. All-India, the positivity rate is at 7.77% and has remained above 5% in the last four fortnightly periods studied.
A high positivity rate may be indicative that a state is only testing the sickest and not screening enough people for Covid-19 symptoms. Sufficient tracing and testing is key to containment of the pandemic.

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