COVID-19 Cases Down But Deaths Up In Punjab

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CHANDIGARH – The second wave is already flattening in the state, but there seems to be no relief from Covid deaths as the state’s case fatality ratio (CFR) has started going up once again. At present the state’s CFR is 2.6 per cent, which means for every 100 confirmed cases 2.6 have passed away from the virus. Around a fortnight ago, the same had come down to 2.4.

Last week (May 26 to June 1), the state reported 21,525 cases and 1,007 deaths. It means the average daily number of cases in the last week remained around 3,000, which earlier was between 8,000 and 9,000. As far as deaths are concerned, the daily average of deaths remained around 140.

The state’s test positivity are has also come down to 4.5 per cent, which earlier was around 15 per cent. But the case fatality rate has increased and the last week’s fatality rate remained at 4.67 per cent, which is far higher than the state’s overall case fatality rate, which is 2.6 per cent.

The fatality rate of the state still remains the highest in the country, which is 1.2 per cent. Punjab is the only state in the country, which has over 2 per cent case fatality rate. Punjab is followed by Meghalaya, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nagaland, Goa and Maharashtra where CFR is 1.7.