No Covid deaths in Haveri in 100 days, cases down too | Hubballi News

HAVERI: There have been no Covid-19 deaths in Haveri district in the past 100 days and active infections in the region are also the lowest in the state. This is a marked change from August 2020, when the district reported the highest fatality rate of 3 per cent.
The last Covid-19 fatality was registered on December 12. Overall, the district has seen 195 deaths.
Many districts have recorded an uptick in cases in recent weeks, but Haveri appears to be bucking the trend. “The positivity rate has reduced drastically in Haveri. It’s hard to pinpoint one reason. It’s possible a large number of people were exposed to the virus and acquired immunity while being asymptomatic,” said additional deputy commissioner S Yogishwar. “We have improved medical facilities like ICUs and Covid care centres and strengthened tracing and testing efforts. All these factors have helped the district prevent Covid-19 deaths in the past 100 days.”
Hardly anyone from the district has travelled abroad in the past four months. Yogishwar said that the direct entry of people from Maharashtra and other states would be restricted over concerns of a second wave. “We need to open a checkpoint at Tadasa village to screen interstate travellers,” he said, adding that the district was also focused on vaccination.
District health officer Dr Raghavendra Swamy HS said that the positivity rate had fallen to less than 1 per cent in the past four months. “The fatality rate is linked to the positivity rate,” he said.
On average, Haveri conducts 800 tests every day. “The district has registered a total of 11,289 positive cases as against 2.7 lakh samples that were tested,” he added.

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