India’s case positivity rate suggests COVID pandemic close to being under control: Govt

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Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan

New Delhi (NVI): The current overall case positivity rate of 5.11 per cent suggests the Covid-19 pandemic is close to being under control, Union Health Ministry today said.

While addressing a media briefing, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “According to World Health Organization, if 140 tests per million are being conducted per day & case positivity rate is at 5 per cent or below, it means the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. We are very close to that mark at 5.11 per cent overall case positivity.”

India has recorded 113 COVID-19 deaths per million and conducted 1,57,684 tests per million population, he added.

“The country’s present active caseload consists of 1.51 per cent of the total positive cases. Recovery rate is more than 97%,” he said.

“More than 1.48 crores doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered till 1 pm today. Out of this, 2.08 lakh doses have been given to people who are 45 years to 59 years of age with comorbidities & people with above 60 years of age,” Bhushan said.

During the briefing, VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog advised the public to continue to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and avoid crowded places.

India’s active cases stand at 1,68,358 as of today after 12,286 new cases were added in the last 24 hours, the ministry stated.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 6,397. It is followed by Kerala with 1,938 while Punjab reported 633 new cases. Two states, Maharashtra and Kerala alone account for 67.84 per cent of total active cases.