Himachal Pradesh's positivity rate mounts to 17.95 pc as COVID-19 cases spike

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Shimla, Apr 22 (PTI) The COVID positivity rate in Himachal Pradesh was recorded at 17.95 per cent, about the same as the national average over the past week, as the state continues to witness a surge in coronavirus cases, data provided by the state Health Department stated.

According to the data updated till 7 pm on Wednesday, 1,692 of the total 9,423 samples taken for testing in the state were found COVID positive which amounts to a positivity rate of 17.95 per cent.

The positivity rate in seven of the 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh was over 15 per cent on Wednesday.

According to latest figures, the weekly national positivity rate is 17.35 per cent.

The highest positivity rate of 81.81 per cent was recorded in Lahaul-Spiti, followed by 31.71 per cent in Solan, 25.77 per cent in Shimla, 22.42 per cent in Hamirpur, 17.66 per cent in Kangra, 16.87 per cent in Mandi and 16.30 per cent in Sirmaur, the data showed.

The positivity rate of 12.85 percent was recorded in Kullu, followed by 11.07 percent in Una, 10.27 percent in Bilaspur and 7.98 per cent in Chamba.

However, no new case was recorded in Kinnaur district on Wednesday.

Himachal Pradesh reported 1,692 new COVID-19 cases and 17 more fatalities on Wednesday, pushing the infection tally to 81,102 and death toll to 1,223, the hill state's special health secretary Nipun Jindal had said.

Of the total COVID-19 cases in the state, Kangra district has recorded a maximum of 13,286 cases so far, followed by Shimla 12,839, Mandi 12,152, Solan 10,483, Una 5,708, Sirmaur 5,382, Kullu 5,217, Hamirpur 4,932, Bilaspur 4,231, Chamba 3,637, Lahaul-Spiti 1,661 and Kinnaur 1,574.

The death toll due to the pandemic stands at 307 in Shimla, 281 in Kangra, 147 in Mandi, 94 in Una, 89 in Kullu, 85 in Solan, 60 in Hamirpur, 55 in Chamba, 47 in Sirmaur, 28 in Bilaspur, 17 in Kinnaur and 13 in Lahaul-Spiti.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to 10,793.

Also, 907 patients have recovered in a span of 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 69,058, the data showed.

Meanwhile, 13,89,574 beneficiaries were vaccinated against COVID-19 in the state till April 21.

While 12,33,876 people got the first dose, 1,55,698 people were administered the second dose. PTI DJI SNE