Coronavirus: India exceeds WHO advisory on COVID-19 tests per million by almost six times, says MoHFW

First Published 5, Oct 2020, 10:45 AM

With 828 tests/day per million population, India exceeds WHO advisory on Covid testing by almost six times, said Union Health ministry on Monday (October 5)

<p>India has exceeded the 140 tests per day per million population, as advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) for comprehensive surveillance of Covid-19 by nearly six times, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Monday.</p>

India has exceeded the 140 tests per day per million population, as advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) for comprehensive surveillance of Covid-19 by nearly six times, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Monday.

<p>"WHO in its Guidance Note on "Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of Covid-19" has advised that a country needs 140 tests/day/million population for comprehensive surveillance of suspected cases," the MoHFW's tweet read.</p>

"WHO in its Guidance Note on "Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of Covid-19" has advised that a country needs 140 tests/day/million population for comprehensive surveillance of suspected cases," the MoHFW's tweet read.

<p>"India has exceeded 140 tests/day/million population as advised by WHO by nearly 6 times. Several States/UTs have demonstrated better performance than the national average," it added.</p>

"India has exceeded 140 tests/day/million population as advised by WHO by nearly 6 times. Several States/UTs have demonstrated better performance than the national average," it added.

<p style="text-align: justify;">The MoHFW further said that many Indian states and Union Territories (UTs) are performing significantly better than even the national average in conducting tests.</p>

The MoHFW further said that many Indian states and Union Territories (UTs) are performing significantly better than even the national average in conducting tests.

<p>As per a graph shared by the Union health ministry, India is performing 828 tests per day per million population, as per the latest data.<br />
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As per a graph shared by the Union health ministry, India is performing 828 tests per day per million population, as per the latest data.
 

<p>Delhi with a testing average of 2,717 stands at the top in the country, followed by Goa (1,319), and Karnataka (1,261).<br />
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Delhi with a testing average of 2,717 stands at the top in the country, followed by Goa (1,319), and Karnataka (1,261).
 

<p>Meanwhile, Rajasthan with 280 tests being conducted per day per million population is at the bottom of the list.</p>

Meanwhile, Rajasthan with 280 tests being conducted per day per million population is at the bottom of the list.

<p>As per the MoHFW on Sunday, the Covid-19 count is at 65,49,374, including 9,37,625 active cases in the country. The count also includes 55,09,967 cured and discharged or migrated cases and 1,01,782 deaths.<br />
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As per the MoHFW on Sunday, the Covid-19 count is at 65,49,374, including 9,37,625 active cases in the country. The count also includes 55,09,967 cured and discharged or migrated cases and 1,01,782 deaths.
 

<p>According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 7,89,92,534 samples have been tested up to October 2 for Covid-19 in the country. Out of these 11,42,131 samples were tested on Friday.</p>

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 7,89,92,534 samples have been tested up to October 2 for Covid-19 in the country. Out of these 11,42,131 samples were tested on Friday.

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