Himachal Pradesh’s Covid-19 cases have been galloping as the average growth rate of new infections is recorded at a highest 2.2 per cent in the country.
Not only this, the State also has the highest positivity rate of 16.8 per cent in the country.
Positivity rate — the fraction of tests that return positive – is a crucial metric as experts say that a high positivity rate is also indicative of higher infection in the community and points to the need for ramping up testing.
The fresh spurt of positive cases in the month of November in Himachal has pushed the state’s COVID-19 related parameters from bad to worse. While the total tally of positive cases has reached 36566, there were more than 7875 active cases in the hill state till Thursday evening.
Only a day before, the state had clocked its highest single-day spike of 948 positive cases.
The daily growth rate of COVID-19 cases, averaged over a seven-day period in Himachal has surpassed the worst affected states like Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat and others. At 2.2 percent average growth rate of infections, the state is at the top in the country.
The average growth rate essentially means the speed at which COVID-19 infections increase.
The growth rate of fresh cases in neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana stood at 0.5 percent and 1.2 percent respectively.
Himachal’s COVID-19 recovery rate stands at a poor 76.79 percent against 93 percent in the country
The active ratio of cases was recorded at a high 21.5 percent which means for every 100 confirmed cases, 21 are currently infected in the city.
“The death toll reached 575 with 13 deaths in the last 24 hours. 837 new positive cases were reported on Wednesday,” stated Himachal’s evening health bulletin.
The COVID fatality rate in the state was recorded at 1.57 percent.
Of the 837 fresh cases, a maximum of 194 were reported in Shimla followed by 161 in Mandi, 139 in Kangra, 89 in Kullu. So far, 28080 people have recovered from the virus in the state. 99 people have recovered in the last 24 hours, it said.
Among 7875 active cases till the evening, Shimla has the highest number of active cases in the state at 1968 followed by 1337 in Mandi and 1121 in Kullu.
So far, 502357 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state, the bulletin added.