The pace of corona infection in the country has slowed down in the last few days. The number of daily patients has also come down to between 30,000-40,000.
A few days ago, when Corona cases were increasing rapidly, there was talk of speeding up testing and contact tracing.
There have been improvements in some states after this, but different strategies are affecting the fight against the epidemic.
What is the strategy for testing in the country?
Currently, RT-PCR accounts for 60 per cent of the total tests conducted in the country, but many states are showing greater reliance on rapid antigen test (RAT) to check for infection.
Detection with RAT is faster, but results are less reliable than RT-PCR.
Is there similar testing in the country?
The answer is no. in country Maharashtra The most affected state is It accounts for 17 percent of the total cases in the country.
This is followed by Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala etc.
In terms of total number of cases Uttar Pradesh And Bihar despite its population seems to perform better. There are 2.9 percent and 1.6 percent cases of the country respectively.
However, the method of testing also needs to be seen behind it.
More than 50 percent RAT in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
BBC According to it, some states including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are carrying out more than 50 percent rapid antigen tests. This means that many infected are not being identified.
In comparison, about 60 percent of RT-PCR tests are performed in Maharashtra. However, now the government is continuously increasing the number of RATs in the capital city of Mumbai.
At the same time, 100 percent RT-PCR tests have been done in Tamil Nadu, which provide a clearer picture of the spread of infection.
Less tests are being done in areas with high infection
As reported, the states are not doing enough tests in the densely populated areas where the infection is more widespread.
Data as of November 30 shows that the capital Lucknow Uttar Pradesh has 13 percent of the cases, but less than 6 percent of the total tests of the state have taken place here.
The same situation is in Kanpur district. It is the second most affected district, but 3 percent of the tests have not been done here.
Fear of missing the infected due to less test
This is not only happening in Uttar Pradesh. In Bihar’s capital Patna, 18 percent of the state is infected, but 3 percent of the state has not been tested here.
Explaining this, public health expert Rijo John said that if less tests are being done in places with more infections, then there will be fewer cases.
They say that in such a situation, the importance of data decreases.
Different strategies regarding surveillance
According to government-issued guidelines, states should trace at least 80 percent of their contacts within 72 hours of being found infected, but the directive is not applicable on the ground.
The parliamentary committee had said that weak tracing and low testing could be one of the reasons for the fast growing cases in India.
At the same time, there is also a lack of solid information from the states regarding surveillance.
Many states do not have data on surveillance
On one hand, the World Health Organization has praised Uttar Pradesh for contact tracing, on the other hand, in Karnataka, continuous contact tracing has been decreasing since September. At the same time, many states have not released its figures.
What is the state of the epidemic in the country?
Number of corona infections in India Towards 96 lakhs Increasing.
In the country, 36,594 new cases of corona were reported on the previous day and 540 patients died due to this.
With this, the total number of infected people in the country has gone up to 95,71,559, while 1,39,188 people have lost their lives due to infection with this dangerous virus.
The number of active cases has come down to 4,16,082. Active cases have been steadily decreasing for several days.