India exceeds WHO advisory on Covid-19 testing by 6 times

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New Delhi (NVI): With 828 tests per day per million, India has crossed the 140 tests per day for per million population as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Union Health Ministry said today.

This is nearly six times higher than the stipulated standards of the WHO, the ministry said in a tweet.

Taking to Twitter, the Ministry of Health wrote, “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.”

“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,” it added.

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

According to the Union Health Ministry latest data, India is performing 828 tests per day per million population. In addition to this, 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, the ministry data shows.

-RJV