7 states/UTs to remain shut if WHO advisory is followed | India News

NEW DELHI: At least seven states and Union Territories — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Telangana, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu and Bihar — would remain under lockdown with an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in the last two weeks if a WHO advisory that says restrictions should not be lifted if the positive rate is more than 5% is followed.
A similar study by Johns Hopkins University found only 50% of US states qualifying for lifting of lockdown. In India, 21% of the 34 affected states and UTs fall in this category as they have over 5% positive cases per 100 tests since May 7. Maharashtra (18%), Gujarat (9%), Delhi (7%), Telangana (7%), Chandigarh (6%), Tamil Nadu (5%) and Bihar (5%) continue to have high positivity rates.
The WHO advisory, however, needs to be seen in context of contamination zones as entire states may not be affected by the pandemic with the virus limited to hotspots and largely urban areas. But despite a zoning approach to easing restrictions, the WHO bar provides an indicator of which states need to do more to reduce rates of infection.
“If positivity rate is too high, that may indicate that the state is only testing the sickest patients and is not casting a wide enough net to know how much of the virus is spreading within its communities,” the Johns Hopkins study said.
A low positivity rate may be suggestive of sufficient testing capacity and a strategy that is using the tests effectively by checking an adequate section of its population, it added.


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