The constructive rate of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) – the share of individuals testing constructive out of these examined – has come down by at least 50% between July 15 and August 1, though there was a 63% surge in the variety of instances through the corresponding interval.
The positivity rate, which was 15.17% on July 15 had dipped to 7.75% on August 1, signifies the extent of the viral outbreak, based on state the health division.
The declining positivity rate, said officers, was because of elevated testing of swab samples.
Bihar, of late, has been capable of ramp up its day by day testing to greater than 3.5 times since July 15, when it had examined 10,052 samples, as in comparison with 35,619 on August 1.
The state has examined 6,12,415 samples so far.
Bihar’s positivity rate has declined since July 27, when it was 14.53% and 14,236 exams have been carried out on that day.
The turnaround occurred after Pratyaya Amrit changed Uday Singh Kumawat, because the state principal secretary, health, on July 27.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was sore with Kumawat’s efficiency, had additionally chided him earlier.
“When Delhi can do 38,000 tests per day, why can’t Bihar?” the offended CM is said to have fumed throughout a review assembly on the administration of Covid-19 and floods that ravaged the state and had requested Kumawat to give up if he couldn’t maintain the health division.
Kumawat was unavailable for his remark.
“The decline in positivity rate has been possible because we have been able to ramp up our daily testing across the state. I am still not satisfied with what has been achieved. I would like to get it down to less than 5%,” said Amrit.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a positivity rate of lower than 5% — for 2 weeks — signifies that an epidemic is under management, he said, stressing on the CM’s mantra for elevated day by day testing.
Dr. Tanmay Mahapatra, a Bihar-based epidemiologist, who had had a stint of analysis in the United States of America (USA) on infectious illness epidemiology, nevertheless, cautioned that the declining positivity alone was not sufficient.
“Declining positivity may be a good sign in the sense that daily testing is being conducted more. Declining positivity, along with improving recovery (64% as on Sunday), and reducing the spread of the virus are all a good sign,” he said.
“Test positivity may decrease due to many factors. The strengthening healthcare system to handle the upsurge, coupled with syndromic surveillance and home isolation are the need of the hour,” he added.
Bihar reported 2,762 Covid instances on Sunday, because the tally climbed to 57,270, together with 322 deaths.