State’s infection and death rates have also plunged below 1% as they stood at 0.15% and 0.57%, respectively, on Friday. The state recorded just 121 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, a significant drop from nearly 3,000 daily cases being registered in July-August last year.
The downward trend in the number of positive cases started from August-end as 1,324 cases were reported on August 31 and it plunged to around 1,200 daily cases in October and further came down to less than 1,000 daily cases by the end of October.
Plunge in rate of infection has, in turn, led to rise in recovery. As per the daily bulletin issued by the health department on Friday, 278 people recovered from the virus in the state in the last 24 hours. So far, 2,57,669 people have defeated the virus in the state since its outbreak in March last year. Though the state’s overall Covid tally has risen to 2,60,479, there were just 1,315 active cases on Friday.
Three fresh deaths in the last 24 hours have taken the state’s Covid toll to 1,495.
Experts, however, have suggested people not to let their guard down. “In several European countries as well as in the UK, other strains of the virus emerged when the cases plunged. The cases have come down in India, including in Bihar, but that does not mean that people stop taking precautions,” AIIMS-Patna Covid-19 incharge Dr Sanjeev Kumar said.
He added around 30% population of Bihar is estimated to have been infected with the virus so far. “As per rough estimates, around 25-30% people in Bihar have already been infected with Covid. This includes majority of people from urban areas. The spread of the virus in rural areas has remained almost static over the past few weeks,” he said.
State IMA senior vice-president Dr Ajay Kumar said the rate of infection remained significantly lower in the rural areas of the state. “Despite the fact that more than 20 lakh migrant workers returned from across the country during the lockdown, the infection rate in villages and rural areas remained quite low. Another reason for low infection rate in Bihar is stronger immunity in people. Several general antibodies are already present in the people in the state owing to frequent viral diseases,” he said, adding caution is still necessary till more people are vaccinated.