, Puducherry's enclave in Kerala, has the second-highest Covid-19
test positivity rate (37.23%) in the country next only to Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh (67.86%) for the tests performed from August 25 to 31.
The other districts in the country with a high positivity rate are Pakke Kessang in Arunachal Pradesh (29.79%), Thrissur (24.12%), Palakkad (22.69), Wayanad (22.34%), Kozhikode
(21.81), Malappuram (20.68%) in Kerala and Mamit (20.91) and Lawngtlai in Mizoram (20.16).
The test positivity rate of 37 districts in the country stood above 10% while the rate of 38 districts stood between 5% and 10% and the rate in rest of the 659 districts in the country stood at less than 5%.
The Union health and family welfare ministry stressed that testing is the backbone for curbing the transmission of Covid-19 infection as it helps early detection of cases and their isolation and contact tracing.
The ministry advised all states and Union territories
to scale up testing to maximum possible levels using rapid antigen tests (RAT) in under-served and rural areas and places where RTPCR
testing is not feasible. It also urged all states and UTs to steadily enhance RT-PCR testing simultaneously, which is the gold standard of Covid-19 diagnosis.
Meanwhile, the Union territory of Puducherry reported more than 100 fresh Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. The territory reported 138 fresh cases even as 67 patients recovered taking the active cases to 785 on Wednesday.
A 63-year-old woman from Puducherry died of the infection taking the death toll to 1,813. The territory has so far reported 1.23 lakh cases of which 1.21 lakh patients recovered registering a recovery rate of 97.9%.
Healthcare authorities have so far tested 16.46 lakh swab
samples of which 13.98 samples returned negative. They have so far administered 8.15 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine (including the second dose) to the beneficiaries.