Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 4
Covid-19 seems to be on a decline in Punjab as the last week’s average positivity rate remained below 5 per cent. A fortnight ago, it was over 10 per cent.
While the state has been conducting over 25,000 tests a day, average positive cases remained around 1,200 in the past week. The average positivity rate between September 14 and 20 was over 9.83 per cent. However, it started declining after that and the positivity rate of the week between September 21-27 came down to 7 per cent.
In the September 28-October 4 week, it dipped to 4.2 per cent.
Similarly, on Sunday, a total of 23,334 samples were collected and 857 patients tested positive. Thus the positivity rate came to 3.67 per cent.
According to experts, the fall in the positivity rate indicated a decline in the over-all spread of infection. Dr Rajesh Kumar, former head, School of Public Health, PGI, Chandigarh, said, “The same signals are coming from other indicators as well. The number of deaths and cases have also declined.”
However, he cautioned that all precautionary measures must be taken.
On Sunday, 857 patients tested positive for Covid-19. In the district-wise break-up, Ludhiana reported maximum 169 cases, followed by Jalandhar (147), Amritsar (138), Patiala (77) and SAS Nagar (39). The total tally has reached 1,18,157.
In the past 24 hours, 42 deaths were reported. Among the districts, Ludhiana reported 10 deaths; Patiala 9; Jalandhar 5; Bathinda, Gurdaspur and Hoshiapur 3 each; SBS Nagar 2; and Pathankot, Ropar, Sangrur, Tarn Taran, Muktsar, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib 1 each. The number of deaths has reached 3,603.