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India Exceeds WHO Advisory On COVID-19 Testing By Almost Six Times

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a country needs to conduct 140 tests per day per million population for comprehensive surveillance of suspected COVID-19 cases

India Exceeds WHO Advisory On COVID-19 Testing By Almost Six Times
  • India is performing 828 COVID-19 tests per day per million population
  • Delhi has a testing average of 2,717 COVID-19 tests; highest in the country
  • Rajasthan is at the end of the list with 280 COVID-19 tests/day/million pop

New Delhi: India has exceeded the 140 tests per day for 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 (October 5). “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.

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“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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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 (October 2).

Also Read: WHO, Partners Roll Out Faster COVID Tests For Poorer Nations

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.) 

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