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Saturday, 5 September 2020

8% in Haryana found Covid +ve

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 4

A sero prevalence study conducted across Haryana has found that the overall Covid positivity rate in the state stands at 8 per cent in August, implying eight out of 100 persons may have contracted the virus and recovered from the disease.

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij released the survey figures on Friday. The urban population has been found to be more affected than the rural one.

"The SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes Covid) sero positivity in urban areas is 9.6 per cent compared to 6.9 per cent in rural pockets," explained Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary (Health).

The NCR districts were shown having high positivity rate—25.8 per cent in Faridabad (31.1 per cent urban, 22.2 per cent rural), 13.3 per cent in Sonepat (18 per cent urban, 10 per cent rural) and 10.8 per cent in Gurugram (18.5% in urban and 5.7% in rural).

A rate higher than the state average of 8 per cent was also noticed in districts like Karnal (12.2), Jind (11), Kurukshetra (8.7), Charkhi Dadri (8.3) and Yamunanagar (8.3). The districts having rate lower than the state average include Panipat (7.4), Palwal (7.4), Panchkula (6.5), Jhajjar (5.9), Ambala (5.2), Rewari (4.9) and Sirsa (3.6) (see table for bottom five districts).

Vij said the survey's aim was to identify Covid penetration at community level and monitor its transmission trends. As many as 850 samples were collected in each district.

"The situation is much better in Haryana. In the first survey, Gujarat had an average of 17.68 per cent while it rose to 23.24 per cent in the second. In Delhi, it was 23.9 and 29.1 per cent, respectively. Mumbai slums recorded 57 per cent," added Vij.

from The Tribune

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