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26 deaths, 1,237 Covid cases in Puducherry | Puducherry News – Times of India

PUDUCHERRY: The Union territory of Puducherry has so far tested 9.9 lakh swab samples for Covid-19, with 8.7 lakh returning negative. The number of samples tested, however, doesn’t necessarily reflect the number of people tested as a single person may have been tested several times, said experts.
Multiple factors must be considered while arriving at the percentage of the population tested, said Dr N G Rajesh, professor of pathology at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer). “We cannot go by the number of samples tested alone. A person might have undergone several tests without any symptoms. People who need to travel have taken the test as it is mandatory. There may be still a major chunk of population in the interior pockets who have not been tested even once.”
On Tuesday, the territory reported 1,237 fresh as 1,571 patients recovered bringing down the active cases to 15,475. Of them, 13,591 are under home isolation. Twenty-six patients died taking the death toll to 1,408.
The territory has so far reported 98,219 cases of which 81,336 patients recovered. So far, 2.5 lakh people have been vaccinated (including the second dose).
The population of the territory, which was 12.5 lakh as per 2011 census, is projected to grow to more than 14 lakh in 2021.


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