NEW DELHI: Even as the overall Covid positivity rate has been less than 3% for over a month now, states like Kerala, Manipur, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya still have large number of districts with weekly positivity significantly above 10%, causing concern in the Centre that this may trigger the next wave in the absence of stringent micro-level containment.
These are also among the top states, along with Maharashtra, witnessing a rise in active cases. While 47 districts have above 10% positivity, in 55 it is ranging between 5-10%, official data from July 14-20 shows.
While Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has the highest positivity rate at over 41%, other districts in the state like Sawai Madhopur, Baran, Jhalawar, Tonk and Rajsamand also have significantly high positivity. In Kerala, nine districts including Mallapuram, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Thrissur have high positivity rate. In Sikkim’s South District and Kohima’s Nagaland too, the rate is above 30%. The Centre has advised these states and districts to focus on aggressive testing and containment measures. While scaling up RAT testing, all states have also been asked to steadily enhance RT-PCR testing, which is the gold standard of Covid diagnosis.