Chandigarh, June 7
As the number of cases and deaths have come down, the casualty rate seems to have emerged as a new problem for the state. The case fatality rate (CFR) in the last seven days remained at 4.2 per cent. Apart from that the overall CFR of the state’s nine districts is over 3 per cent.
At present state’s overall CFR is 2.6 per cent, which means for every 100 confirmed cases 2.6 have passed away from the virus. Around three weeks ago the same had come down to 2.4 per cent. Punjab’s fatality rate is the highest in the country, which is 1.2 per cent.
Sangrur has the highest fatality rate of 5.3 per cent. It is followed by Tarn Taran (4.3 per cent), Barnala (3.7 per cent), Gurdaspur (3.5 per cent) and Amritsar (3.3 per cent). Among other districts which has three or higher fatality rate includes Hoshiarpur (3.2 per cent), Ferozepur (3.1 per cent), SBS Nagar and Rupnagar (3 per cent each).
Mansa and SAS Nagar both with 1.5 CFR are the only districts which have less than two fatality rate. In last seven days (May 31 to June 6), the state reported 15,145 cases and 644 deaths. Thus the state’s case fatality rate in the last seven days remained 4.2 per cent.
On an average daily number of cases in last week remained around 2,000, which in mid of last month was between 8,000 and 9,000. As far as deaths
are concerned, the daily average of deaths remained less than 100.
A senior health official said testing in some of the districts was low that was why the case fatality rate was high. He said these districts had been asked to increase their testing.