Even though the outbreak of corona seems to be decreasing from across the country, but still the threat of virus remains in some districts. There are at least 30 districts in the country where the Kovid-19 positivity rate is 10 percent or more. Whereas the positivity rate of the country has been declining for the last five months. Of these 30 districts ringing alarm bells, 13 districts are from Kerala alone.
Health ministry data shows that the weekly positivity rate at the national level has been less than 3% for 13 consecutive days. That’s why experts are questioning the prevention strategies being used in high-risk areas.
A health expert, on the condition of anonymity, said that something is clearly wrong that is why such a large number of corona cases are being reported. For example, we are doing a lot of testing but it is targeting only those contacts who are at high risk. Obviously, the positivity will be more in them. But if we are not doing enough tests then maybe we are missing many cases. Especially the asymptomatic cases.
Another 18 districts in 11 states are still reporting weekly positivity rates between 5% and 10%, again indicating a high rate of spread of COVID-19 infections. According to the World Health Organization, if the weekly positivity rate in an area is below 5 percent for two consecutive weeks, then only that area can be said to be under control.
Apart from Kerala, eight districts of Mizoram, three each in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, two in Sikkim and Meghalaya are still at high risk of corona. Although the most active cases across the country are currently in Kerala. There are 1,44,075 active cases here. Which is equal to 52.01 percent of the whole country.
There are 50,000 to 100,000 active COVID-19 cases in five states. Maharashtra has 40,252 active cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 17,192, Mizoram with 16,841, Karnataka with 12,594 and Andhra Pradesh with 11,655.