The weekly positivity rate is also declining and has stabilized below 3%. However, 35 districts — mostly in Kerala, along with some in Himachal Pradesh and the North East — are still reporting over 10% positivity. Besides, 30 districts have positivity rates ranging between 5% and 10%.
Around 61% of the total active cases are being reported in Kerala, the only state with over one lakh active cases now.
Officials say the second surge is still continuing though restricted to limited areas and public health response should be guided accordingly, particularly in view of the upcoming festival season.
The Center has once again urged people to take precautions and avoid crowds. “The districts where positivity rate is high need to observe district level restrictions till positivity comes below 5%,” ICMR director Balram Bhargava said.