India’s Covid-19 TPR at 2.26%; Sunday’s new caseload shows highest drop in 21 days

September 13, 2021 0 By Faizy Abdulkalam

India reported 27,254 new coronavirus infections and related 219 deaths in the past 24 hours. The test positivity rate (TPR)– the number of positive cases identified per 100 tests– stood at 2.26 percent on Sunday. This has been on a decline and remained below 3 percent in the past 14 days. With the fresh caseload reported in the past 24 hours, the country’s total infection tally has now climbed to 33.26 million while deaths have risen to 442,874, the union health ministry said on Monday.

Notably, the country reported a 13 percent dip in Covid-19 cases, the first substantial decline in infections in three weeks. Kerala registered a 17 percent dip in the number of new cases, though the state is currently accounted for exactly two-third (66.6 percent) of all cases in India. Covid related deaths in the country also fell to a 24-week low on Sunday. 

Keeping with the decline, 22 fresh cases were reported in Delhi with a positivity rate of 0.04 percent on Sunday. According to data shared by the city health department, only one fatality was reported due to Covid this month (on September 7) and no fatalities since the last 5 days. 

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya appreciated the efforts of states, including Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Sikkim, and Lakshadweep, for administering the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to 100 percent of their population.

Cautioned about a likely emergence of a third wave, the Mumbai Police have joined hands with Bombay Municipal Corporation to take action against anti-maskers. At the beginning of the second wave of Covid-19, BMC had given marshals a target to act against 25,000 citizens per day.