Why is Assam Testing So Little : Corona Virus Testing in India USA France Italy Per Million of people


GUWAHATI, April 12: The numberof tests conducted in Assam per million population is 94, which is far below the test rate in countries like the US, Italy and South Korea. Till yesterday, 3,011 samples were tested in Assam and of which twenty-nine have been found positive and 2,842 negative and the results of remaining samples are being awaited. Some in health circles are concerned over the lesser number of tests conducted in the state which witnessed about 75,000 people returning.  Prior to the lockdown, many of them from coronavirus-affectedstates.
Why is Assam Testing So Little : Corona Virus Testing in India USA France Italy Per Million of people
Why is Assam Testing So Little : Corona Virus Testing in India USA France Italy Per Million of people

According to the reference website worldometer.info, the US, which has reported 5,33,115 cases, has conducted 26,93,758 tests at the rate of 8,138 test per million population. Similarly. Italy, which has 1,52,271 cases, had con-ducted 9,63,473 tests at the rate of 15,935 tests per population. South Korea has conducted 5,14,621 tests of which 10,512 have been found positive. The number of tests conducted per million population in South Korea in 10,038 recording 8504 cases. India has conducted1,89,111 tests till date March 12. 

Why is Assam Testing So Little : Corona Virus Testing in India USA France Italy Per Million of people
Why is Assam Testing So Little : Corona Virus Testing in India USA France Italy Per Million of people



The number of tests conducted per million population in India is mere-ly 137. The fewer-than-expected SARS-C6V-2 positive cases in India have spawned several theories and one of them is the number of tests conducted in the country.While the state government has ruled out community transmission till date, it has also not been able to trace the source from whom Manish Tibrewal of Spanish Garden— who did not have any travel history since March- got infected. Sources said there has been an inadequate number of testing kits with the ICMR. 

The five approved government labs in the state are conducting the RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase - Polymerase Chain Reaction) test for COVID-19. It takes around six hours to give the final result. The state government has ramped up the testing of late and around 300 tests are being conducted in the state labs every day. So far the tests are being conducted based on travel history, contact tracing and extreme symptoms.



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