On Monday, a total of 55,342 new infected cases were detected after 10,73,014 samples were tested to check for Covid-19.
The average daily Covid-19 positivity rate declined from 8.50% between September 9-15 to 6.2% between October 7-13. The dip in positivity rate is encouraging as it comes despite an increase in overall testing, health ministry said.
“We have maintained the average daily testing at over 11 lakh and 14 states and Union Territories have higher tests per million and lower positivity rate than the country’s average,” health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
The cumulative positivity rate now stands at 8%, whereas India is conducting around 64,275 tests per million population.
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The positivity rate is helped by constant decline in average daily new cases for last five weeks.
For the last five weeks, there has been a continuous decline in the average daily new cases. The weekly average of daily new cases fell from 92,830 cases in the second week of September (September 9-15) to 70,114 in second week of October (October 7-13).