About 1.08 lakh tests apiece were done in UP and Bihar on Tuesday, though a majority of them were rapid antigen tests. Modi in his meeting with Chief Ministers of the ten most affected states last week asked Bihar, UP, Telangana, West Bengal, and Gujarat to increase testing citing their high test positivity in conjunction with their testing per million population rate is lower than the national average. Bihar has consistently done over one lakh daily tests since, up from 62,500 samples tested on August 10, while UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now fixed a target of 1.25 lakh daily tests to be achieved soon.
Higher testing in Bihar and UP is reflecting in other improving parameters. Over the last one week, Bihar’s recovery rate has improved from 65 per cent to over 75 per cent which is at par now with the national recovery rate, while the fatality rate in UP has dropped to 1.57 per cent which is lower than the national fatality rate of 1.91 per cent. The test positivity rate in UP and Bihar now stands at 4 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.
Telangana, the state with one of the highest test positivity rates of around 12 per cent has however remained largely static in testing levels. Telangana tested 24,500 people on Tuesday, a marginal increase from 23,000 samples tested on August 11. The state tested only 19,500 people on August 17. “We are testing far more than WHO’s standard of 140 daily tests per million by which we should have been conducting 5,600 daily tests,” a senior health department official of Telangana said. The situation is slightly better in West Bengal, which has 8.8 per cent test positivity rate, as testing has marginally increased to 35,000 tests now.
The Mamata Bannerjee-led state did about 28,000 tests on August 11 and has added seven new testing labs in the last one week, hence testing is expected to rise further now, officials said. Gujarat’s numbers have increased to about 57,000 tests done on Tuesday, up from about 50,000 tests done on August 11. But Gujarat has more than doubled its daily testing level since the first week of August when it did only 25,000 tests daily, a central government official said.
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2 Comments on this Story
Vivaan Tiwari64 days ago
What is the big deal. 27% of india's population lives there too.
27% of India's budget should be spent there, but that does not happen. Sad.
Rajesh 64 days ago
RT-PCR tests to be done . Don't rely much in Rapid antigen