The increase in positivity rate in the state comes in the backdrop of a similar increase for the country, where the rate stands at 3.7%, a sharp increase from 1.7% in the beginning of the month.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) if the positivity rate stands below 1%, the rate of infection is stable and virus spread is not rapid.
The state had recorded 478 cases on December 26 last year when cumulative cases were 2.84lakh.
The increase in the number of cases in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is another cause of worry. Cases touched the 100 mark after three months. On Tuesday, 103 cases were recorded as per health department data. It last reported 127 cases on December 13 last year.
“If the positivity rate goes beyond 1%, then there is serious worry where serous social distance protocols have to be followed,” Dr Kiran Madala , ICMR-certified researcher said.
There is a need to main individual hygiene and to wear masks as most cases are asymptomatic, he added.
Experts said there is a need to keep track of the ‘R factor’ as well which shows the the number of people who are likely to get the infection from one person.
With increasing number of cases, health department is taking measures like testing persons only after the ‘One Time Password’ is sent to their mobile phones and it is shown to officials. Currently changes are being made in the software. State has a capacity to do more than one lakh tests daily. In the districts, officials have been on the alert keeping track of cases.