Many other states have reported significant drop in daily cases and coupled with a high recovery rate, the total caseloads have come down countrywide – from a peak active cases of 37 lakh to 26 lakh on Tuesday. West Bengal, Odisha and Rajasthan have 1 lakh active cases each.
The states that have brought down their active caseloads include UP, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and MP. All of them have brought it down between 55,000 to 77,000 cases each. The active cases in Delhi have come down to 21,700, which is also the result of its highest recovery rate in the country at 97%.
Till the second week of May, Karnataka had a very high positivity rate (total confirmed cases per 100 tests) which indicated that fewer tests were conducted in the state compared to the existence of total positive cases. During the May 4-17 fortnight, as compared to the previous fortnight, Karnataka had jumped eight spots to become the second state after Goa with a dangerously high infection rate.
Karnataka also had the most (5.75 lakh) active Covid cases in the country as on May 19, ahead of Maharashtra’s 4.19 lakh and Kerala’s 3.47 lakh.