Is India doing enough COVID 19 testing?
Jun 10, 2020 —
From day one, my petition & my campaign rallied around impelling the government to increase the number of COVID 19 testing and making it more accessible & affordable for all.
I strongly believe that the only way to 'flatten the curve' is to quickly identify all the possible cases & insure immediate treatment for the same. Cases can only be identified through immediate contact tracing and testing.
Worst affected countries like USA, Russia or UK has seen a decline in the number of case per day, in the last few days whereas India is seeing a steep rise in the number of cases every day, last week average is around 9000 to 10000 case per day.
If one argues that the number of cases per million in India is quite less than that of the USA, Russia or the UK one also needs to compare the number of testing per million in these countries.
Testing per million in
- The USA is 66,923
- Russia is 92,820
- The UK is 86,502
Whereas in India, testing per million is only 3,670 as per 3 pm on June/10/2020. I agree that we have increased our testing by many folds but still, it is not enough to flatten the curve.
It is also important to note that in the last few days we have seen too much confusion in rules & regulations for testing & treatment in Private labs and private hospitals. Horrific visuals of Hospitals denying admissions are in the public domain.
I request all signatories to my petition that we should start talking more & more around the importance of accessible & affordable testing so that it ultimately leads to a further increase in the pace of testing in India.
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