In Punjab there has been a sudden outburst in the virus transmission. If the estimates are correct, the load of the cases may increase by 300% by the end of the month.
After a pause of two months, the cases started to increase right after Diwali with the state recording a steady growth of 4.2% on 8th November and it kept on rising for five consecutive days, almost making it 10.3% on 13th November.
Punjab is one of the six states in India that are seeing a daily growth in COVID cases of more than 5%, as per the analysis that id done by Cambridge Judge Business School and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand are the states and Union Territories where the situation is getting worse.
As per report, on November 14 Punjab recorded 47 cases, the numbers are expected to increase by 27th November to 189. After Jammu and Kashmir (374), Punjab is going to record the second highest number of COVID cases among all the states and Union Territories seeing a steady rise.
The rise in the cases resulted in an increase in the R value which is the rate at which the COVID virus or any infection spreads, which had remained below 1 during the last several months.
R-VALUE RECORDED AT THIRD HIGHEST IN THE NATION IN PUNJAB
The R-value has now almost touched 1.5 which is the third highest at this moment in the nation. Only Ladakh which is 1.70 and Rajasthan which is 1.60 have a higher R-value than Punjab. The national infection rate now stands at 1.
The state health authorities are stating that the cases have increased steadily during Diwali. Instructions have been set forward in all the districts to prevent the spread of the virus by taking containment measures as the festive season is not over yet. Punjab Covid-19 nodal officer Dr Rajesh Bhaskar shared that “all districts have been directed to increase testing and ensure strict enforcement of containment and management measures.”
The average of the last seven days states that Punjab has conducted almost 1,048 tests per million population which is almost about 12% more than the country’s testing average of 929 and almost about 32% more than the average of the nearby states of Haryana.
LIGHT GROWTH IN HIMACHAL
Himachal Pradesh is another state that is witnessing an increase in the number of daily cases. In the coming two weeks, the state is estimated to touch 133 cases.