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794,842

Confirmed

495,960

Recovered

21,623

Deaths



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.

STATES AFFECTED

Sources: WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC of the PRC, JHU CSSE, DXY, QQ, and various international media

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States Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra 230,599 127,259 9,667
Tamil Nadu 126,581 78,161 1,765
Delhi 107,051 82,226 3,258
Gujarat 39,280 27,742 2,009
Uttar Pradesh 32,362 21,127 862
Karnataka 31,105 12,835 488
Telangana 30,946 18,192 331
West Bengal 25,911 16,826 854
Andhra Pradesh 23,814 12,154 277
Rajasthan 22,563 17,070 491
Haryana 19,364 14,505 287
Madhya Pradesh 16,341 12,232 634
Assam 14,601 9,148 27
Bihar 13,978 9,792 109
Odisha 11,201 7,407 67
Jammu and Kashmir 9,501 5,695 154
Punjab 7,140 4,945 183
Kerala 6,535 3,708 28
State Unassigned 4,385 0 0
Chhattisgarh 3,666 2,903 15
Uttarakhand 3,305 2,672 46
Jharkhand 3,268 2,210 23
Goa 2,151 1,273 9
Tripura 1,789 1,338 1
Manipur 1,450 799 0
Puducherry 1,200 619 16
Himachal Pradesh 1,140 833 10
Ladakh 1,055 915 1
Nagaland 673 304 0
Chandigarh 523 403 7
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 456 205 1
Arunachal Pradesh 302 120 2
Mizoram 203 143 0
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 156 83 0
Sikkim 134 71 0
Meghalaya 113 45 1
Lakshadweep 0 0 0

* Cases identified on a cruise ship currently in Japanese territorial waters.

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