Covid-19 positivity rate at government labs is falling
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Between May 26 and June 1st, the positivity rate has dropped to 8.86 per cent. In the week of May 5 to May 11, it was 38.27 per cent. Between April 7 to 13, it was 8.12 per cent.
Officials said the positivity rate in private labs and hospitals was about 40 per cent in May. It has reduced to 20 in June in
Explaining the reason for the difference, a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike official said, “The difference is primarily because we conduct tests on primary contacts of covid-19 patients, who are likely to turn negative. People with symptoms usually go to the private labs hence their positivity rate is higher,” a senior official said.
It’s learnt that some private hospitals have been choosy when it comes to testing people for covid-19. Some do not entertain testing of people who want a negative certificate for travelling from one place to the other. In many primary healthcare centres, a prescription from the doctor is a must to get themselves tested for covid-19.
Noted epidemiologist Dr Giridhara Babu was of the view that the government should not be happy with the low positivity rate but conduct an active search in the community. “The lower positivity rate in government hospitals may be because they don’t follow the syndromic approach to testing. Government health centres can do active search in the community (like in
An analysis of the last ten days shows that the positivity trend in RR Nagar stands the highest at 20 per cent. The West zone has been reporting the lowest positivity rate of 7.2 per cent, followed by the South at 8.1 per cent and East zone at 10.7 per cent. The rates in the remaining zones were Yelahanka (13.4 per cent), Mahadevapura (13.6 per cent), Dasarahalli (13.8 per cent) and Bommanahalli (15 per cent).
Meanwhile, BBMP Chief Commissioner
Statistics show that the total positivity rate in Bengaluru on May 3 was 55 per cent, the highest for any given city in the country. Since the week between May 12 to 18, the TPR has been dropping, according to weekly average figures. Undoubtedly, this TPR is quite high as Health Minister