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Covid-19: India's positivity rate highest ever, doubles in 2 weeks

Apr 19, 2021 08:44 IST | By Editorji News Desk

India’s Covid-19 test positivity rate has soared to the highest ever and has now doubled in less than two weeks, the Hindustan Times has reported. Positivity rate, which is the proportion of samples returning positive for Covid-19 and is a key indicator of the on-the-ground spread of the disease – touched 16.7% on Saturday.

The weekly average touched 14.3%, both the highest ever. The previous record for highest daily positivity rate was lodged on July 19, 2020, when it touched 15.7%.

A positivity rate of 16.7% means that one out of every six samples being tested returned positive, a very high proportion for a country the size of India.

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