As of Sunday day-end, Karnataka conducted the highest number of RT-PCR tests per lakh population in the country, a country-wide comparison of testing numbers tabled by the State War Room showed. Other than RT-PCR tests, most states in the country are also doing antigen-based tests for COVID-19 detection. While the antigen tests give results within 30 minutes and cost much less, they are not as reliable as RT-PCR tests which are considered as a gold standard.
Previously, experts had cautioned that over reliance on antigen tests may paint a false picture of the real situation owing to a large number of false negatives.
|Status as On:||22nd Nov 2020|
|S. No.||State Name||Total Population||Tests Per Lakh|
|8||DADRA AND NAGAR HAVELI||342853||12601|
|10||DAMAN AND DIU||242911||11344|
|17||ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS||379944||8405|
|22||JAMMU AND KASHMIR||12258433||4961|
|34||UTTAR PRADESH||199581477||No Info|
|36||ANDHRA PRADESH||49576777||No Info|
While Karnataka has 16,360 persons tested for every 1 lakh persons, neighbouring Tamil Nadu has 13,591. Kerala had a much lesser number of people tested at 894 persons tested for every one lakh people. For Maharashtra, the same number stood at 2,976, and the number was the lowest for Telangana with only 221 persons tested for every lakh people. Information was not available for four locations, including Andhra Pradesh.
â€śKarnataka has done the highest RT PCR tests per lakh population in the country. This is one of the reasons for the control of COVID in Karnataka. One of the ways to avoid a second wave, apart from citizens exercising SMS - Social Distancing, Masking and Sanitization - is to have high daily testing with RT-PCR,â€ť Munish Moudgil, IAS, Head State War Room told reporters.
â€śWhile the government of Karnataka is doing its part by maximising tests, citizens are requested to adhere and obey masking, social distancing and sanitization of hands, etc. The prevention is only in the hands of the citizens by their proper conduct,â€ť he added.
Moudgil said that the increased number of tests over the last few months has paid off, and infections and fatalities have both reduced.
â€śPress and media can look back and realise that it was a good call Karnataka took despite initial negative reactions for more daily cases by those who failed to see that the increase was due to increased testing while the positivity rate was falling,â€ť Moudgil added.
Speaking with TNM earlier, Dr Giridhar Babu, an epidemiologist and part of the expert committee both in state and the Union government said while Karnataka had done well in increasing the number of overall daily RT-PCR testing, more focus needed to be given to suburban and rural areas now.