New Delhi: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan while Speaking a press briefing on COVID-19, said that Kerala accounts for 52 per cent of the cumulative active COVID-19 cases in the country. "Active cases are going down across the country and the cumulative recovery rate is rising. At present, the country has a recovery rate of almost 98 per cent, He said that the number of cases is declining in Kerala but the state still contributes a substantial number of total cases in the country.
"Kerala has highest active cases - 1,44,000 which is 52 per cent of total active cases of the country. Maharashtra has 40,000 active cases, Tamil Nadu has 17,000, Mizoram has 16,800, Karnataka has 12,000 and Andhra Pradesh has a little more than 11,000 active cases," he said. As recoveries from Covid continue to outnumber the daily fresh cases, Bhushan pointed out that the national recovery rate has reached almost 98 per cent.
Sharing more details on health updates, he said the Number of tests done every day has not been reduced. It is still between 15 lakh to 16 lakh tests a day. The Health Secretary said that 18 districts in India are reporting a weekly positivity between 5 per cent to 10 per cent. The rate of positivity is coming down. This is the 13th week continuously when the weekly positivity rate stands below 3 per cent. But our target should be to bring down this rate further. The state governments must target this," he added.