With Just 18 Tests Per Million of Population, Why India’s Low Testing Rate For Coronavirus is Worrying

Experts have argued that India’s low number of coronavirus cases could be because of limited testing and the actual figures of infected people may be higher.

New Delhi: Under a total lockdown until in any event April 14, India has so far revealed 694 affirmed instances of coronavirus, including 16 passings as a result of the pandemic.

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India had performed 25,144 tests on 24,254 people as of 8pm on March 25. Among these, an aggregate of 581 people had been affirmed constructive among associated cases and contacts with known constructive cases.

This places the pace of testing in India at about 18 tests for every one million of the populace (World Bank gauges, 2018).

Specialists have contended that India’s low number of coronavirus cases could be a result of constrained testing and the real figures of tainted individuals might be higher.

Aside from China, in nations, for example, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and South Korea, which saw a brilliant ascent in affirmed coronavirus cases, the pace of testing is a lot higher contrasted and India.

For example, Italy, which has recorded 74,386 instances of Covid-19, has performed 3, 24,445 tests as on March 25 — a pace of 5,268 tests for each million of the populace — as indicated by its service of wellbeing. According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the UK has performed 97,019 tests so far at a pace of 1,469 tests for every million individuals. The UK has 9,529 positive instances of coronavirus.

Covid-19 Testing Per Million of Population

India has performed far lower tests which, experts argue, could be the reason behind its low Covid-19 positive cases

Similarly, South Korea, which witnessed a sharp rise in cases (9,137 as on Wednesday) but eventually managed to contain the crisis, had performed 3,57,896 tests at a rate of 6,931 tests per million people.

The United States, the most populated country after China and India, has tested citizens at a rate of 1,280 per million of population, according to The Covid Tracking Project, an independent project that collates real-time data from state health departments, press briefings, and media reports. Official testing figures by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention lag by some days, are incomplete and, hence, significantly lower. The US currently has nearly 60,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Even within India, according to an analysis by IndiaSpend.com, states and UTs which have more testing centers and are performing more tests, have reported a higher number of coronavirus cases.

While the World Health Organization applauded India’s measures to contain the spread of the virus, its Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said a lockdown alone may not help extinguish the epidemic.

“Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions, but they’re also the best way to prevent them,” he said.