Positivity rate over 2 pc, sero survey in state soon

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 12

The Covid situation in the state is aggravating with the positivity rate crossing 2 per cent, active cases totalling 2,668 and the number of deaths rising to 3,526.

The data from the state Health Department reveals that the positivity rate was rising for the past 45 days. The positivity rate was 1.1 per cent between June 28 and July 4 but it rose to 1.9 per cent between August 2 and 8. Now, the positivity rate has crossed 2 per cent, as 300 to 400 Covid cases were reported daily for the past four days. Today, 354 cases were reported.

The Health Department has decided to undertake a sero survey in the state to see how many people have developed anti-bodies. Earlier, a sero survey undertaken only in Kullu district revealed that 62 per cent people had developed anti-bodies.

"The positivity rates in Mandi, Chamba, Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti Spiti seem to be the most worrisome," says a Health official. The positivity rate of 6.1 per cent in Mandi district is the highest, followed by 4.4 per cent in Chamba, 3.7 per cent in Lahaul and Spiti and 3.1 per cent in Kullu.

The Central Government, too, has expressed concern over the rising Covid cases in the state. The state Cabinet at its meeting recently decided to close all schools, except residential ones, till August 22 after some students tested positive for Covid.

The state government has made a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours or both vaccine doses certificate mandatory for tourists and pilgrims coming to the state. Hill stations such as Shimla, and Manali have been flooded with tourists after the Covid restrictions were eased, sparking the fear of transmission of the virus.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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