Is the testing policy of Tamil Nadu effecient ? Tamil Nadu’s higher positive cases with lower testing samples becomes a major issue in the eye of public health experts
While Tamil Nadu has crossed Gujarat and is the second state with the highest number of coronavirus cases, questions regarding it's testing policy have arisen. Tamil Nadu has recorded it's highest spike of 1,100 cases in a single day as of June 1 and the rising rate in the numbers resulted in chaos and anxiety. There was an outrage in social media about people claiming lack of testing for Covid-19 in government hospitals, despite travel history and few symptoms. The situation in Tamil Nadu is much worse than states like Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana, where the cases are to a limited number and the situation is under control. On the situation of Tamil Nadu, Dr K Kolandaswamy, Director of Public Health said, "Tamil Nadu’s low testing numbers when compared to the state of Kerala which has seen more travellers from Covid-19 affected countries has led the state to detect more cases." He further explained that when we have more positive cases, it’s convenient to locate the most infectious region. "Also, the need for test expands because every positive case leads to his/her contact, therefore it becomes easy to identify potential cases," added Kolandaswamy.
Sources: WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC of the PRC, JHU CSSE, DXY, QQ, and various international media
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