At 5.7%, Punjab positivity charge decrease than nationwide common

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 14

Ahead of the rollout of unlock 5.0 guidelines starting tomorrow, India today clocked 7.24 million Covid-19 cases with 63,509 daily new infections and 74,632 recoveries.

A consistent surge in recoveries—63,01,927 people of the 72,39,389 confirmed cases nationally have been discharged—has given the government the confidence to allow virtually every activity to open from tomorrow, with states to take a call on whether to restart schools. 

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Nearly 77 per cent of the 63,509 new confirmed cases over 24 hours are from 10 states and UTs with Kerala (8,764) today outnumbering Maharashtra (8,522) in posting the highest number of new cases.

The national recovery rate reached 87.05 per cent today.

Punjab, Haryana, J&K and Uttarakhand are among the 20 states and UTs with lower positivity rate than the national average of 8.04 per cent.

The corresponding rates are 5.70 per cent in Punjab, 6.10 per cent in Haryana, 6.80 per cent in Uttarakhand and 7.10 per cent in J&K. India’s positivity rate had declined despite massive increase in testing with the country crossing the nine crore test mark today after 11,45,015 tests were conducted in 24 hours.

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