PUDUCHERRY: The weekly positivity rate of Covid-19 infection in the Union territory of Puducherry stood at 25.3%, which is almost twice than the national average (12.84%). Of the 24,824 samples tested in the last seven days, 6,272 samples returned positive, which means that one in every four samples tested positive for the infection.
As per the statistics released by the Union health and family welfare ministry, the weekly positivity rate of the infection in Puducherry stood at 26.9%, Karaikal at 18%, Mahe at 11.5% and Yanam at 3.2%.
A section of public health experts opined that failure on the part of the government and people in following Covid-19 appropriate behaviour during the New Year celebrations in public places after the government relaxed the restrictions led to the steep spike in the Covid-19 cases in the territory.
The restrictions imposed by the government post New Year including 50% seating capacity in intra-district and inter-district public transport, hotels, bars and restaurants, malls and multiplexes remain on paper and there is no proper mechanism to monitor whether the public and private establishments follow the norms.
However, director (health and family welfare services) G Sriramalu attributed the spike to the surging trend nationally. “There is a surge in the number of cases nationally. We may witness the peak of this wave in Puducherry by the end of January, and the number of cases may dip from February first week. The cases reported in the last few days are mild with a few hospitalizations and deaths when compared to the first and second waves. The health directorate has taken all precautionary measures to tackle the surging number of Covid-19 cases and extend appropriate treatment to the patients,” said Sriramalu.
The territory has not been sending samples to test for Omicron variant of the infection in recent days. “It takes 15 to 20 days to get the test results for the Omicron variant and by the time the patients recover,” he said, adding that more than 30 doctors and healthcare workers had tested positive thus far.
The number of samples tested in the territory drastically came down to less than half on Saturday when compared to the previous day. Healthcare authorities, who tested 5,167 samples on Friday, tested 2,344 samples only on Saturday.
“People did not come forward to take the test on Pongal day. The scenario will continue for the next two days and hopefully from Monday the daily tests will cross 5,000,” he said.
The territory reported 1,213 fresh Covid-19 cases even as 84 patients recovered in the last 24 hours ending at 10am on Saturday taking the total number of active cases to 6,785. Of them, 6,662 are under home isolation and treatment while the rest 123 are in hospitals.
Puducherry headquarters reported the maximum fresh cases with 1,100 followed by Karaikal (93), Mahe (17) and Yanam (3). Puducherry headquarters has the maximum active cases with 5962 followed by Karaikal (680), Mahe 107 and Yanam (36).
An 88-year-old man and a 68-year-old man in Mahe died of the infection taking the death toll to 1,886. Puducherry headquarters has the maximum fatalities with 1,471 followed by Karaikal (252), Yanam (109) and Mahe (54). The fatality rate of the infection stood at 1.4%, which is higher than the national average of 1.3%.
The territory has so far reported 1.36 lakh cases of which 1.27 lakh patients recovered, registering a recovery rate of 93.7%, which is less than the national average of 94.8%.





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