NEW DELHI: Over a period of two months – from September 16 to November 15 – India has been doing more tests for Covid-19 on an average per day than countries like Russia, France, UK and US, the government has said, pointing to the increased efforts at testing.
On November 12, India tested 1.19 million samples, whereas Russia performed 6,36,888 tests, France conducted 3,62,764 and UK tested 3,62,291. The United States – which has recorded average daily tests closer to India during last few weeks- conducted 1.13 million tests on November 12, health ministry data show.
In better news, India’s cumulative positivity rate stands at 7%, whereas daily positivity rate in the last week was 4.1%.
While the tests per million count shows some of these countries to have much higher scores, the government said a two-month period was a reasonable interval to make a comparison in terms of average tests per day.
In cumulative terms, while the US has carried out more than 17 crore tests – highest total samples so far- India has the second highest at around 12.65 crore. Total tests conducted by Russia stand at over 6.95 crore -almost half that of India, while UK and France tested even less at 3.89 crore and 1.91 crore respectively.
However, India – with its huge population – has conducted 91,359 tests per million population-the lowest among these countries. US has performed more than 5.12 lakh tests per million population, whereas UK has done 5.72 lakh and Russia has conducted 4.76 lakh per million people. France has tested 2.93 lakh tests per million. The population size seems to be a factor too as while China has conducted more than 16 crore tests, its tests per million population being 1,11,163.
The government maintained that increased testing has helped control the pandemic and bring down new cases even as many countries are experiencing a surge.