I have been conducting Data Analytics Studies on the Coronavirus Pandemic for 104 days and have written 166 research-based blog posts on COVID-19 in these 104 days.
Having conducted 6,950,493 tests, India finally accomplished testing 0.5% of its population of 1379.678 million. The exact number as of last night is 5,038 Tests per Million residents (TPM). Even Pakistan has conducted 4,992 TPM.
However, India’s average daily tests have gone up substantially in the last month — from 97,526 during 17-22 May to 171,571 during 17-22 June, an increase of almost 76%, which is commendable.
The three countries with more Covid-positive cases than India have done far more testing than India — Russia (118,477 TPM) has >23.5 times the testing rate of India; USA (86,091 TPM) has >17 times the testing rate of India; and Brazil (50,334 TPM) has almost 10 times the testing rate of India.
The 18 countries with a minimum of 100,000 reported cases have an average testing rate of 31,485 TPM, which is almost 6.25 times that of India.
Amongst the Top 30 countries in the world in terms of cases, Russia has the highest testing rate of 118,477 TPM, followed by UK at 116,240 TPM, Qatar at 115,596 TPM, and Spain at 110,426 TPM.
Despite the 76% increase in the past month, India still needs to ramp us testing to catch up with MOST of the rest of the world. Here are 3 examples of the testing rate (or testing velocity) in countries which are poorer economies than India.
Ghana, which has a 37% lower per capita GDP than India, has conducted 8,704 TPM. At Ghana’s testing level, India would have 719,598 cases and ranked higher than Russia — the current No.3 in number of cases.
Nepal (62% lower per capita GDP than India) has conducted 15,434 TPM. At Nepal’s testing level, India would have almost 1.276 million cases and ranked higher than Brazil — the current No.2.
Uzbekistan (4% lower per capita GDP than India) has conducted 31,043 TPM. At Uzbekistan’s testing level, India would have over 2.566 million cases, the highest in the world.
Do we really need to compare the world’s 5th largest economy India (5,038 TPM) with the 74th largest economy Ghana (8,704 TPM) or the 83rd largest economy Uzbekistan (31,043 TPM) or the 103rd largest economy Nepal (15,434 TPM) now? Is this the real state of affairs in a country which wants to become a $5 trillion economy in the next 5 years? India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi must answer this question.
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LATEST UPDATES (at 3:00 am UTC; June 23, 2020):
- The world has crossed 9.188 million cases
- The global death toll is over 474,300
- With 440,450 cases and 14,015 deaths. India is No.4 in the world in cases and No.8 in deaths. Maharashtra state, with 135,796 cases and 6,283 deaths, would rank No.17 in cases and No.15 in deaths if it were a country
- Chile overtook Italy to reach the No.8 rank in number of cases
- South Africa became the 19th country to cross 100,000 cases
- Ecuador became the 27th country to cross 50,000 cases
- 7 countries have crossed 250,000 cases (up from 0 on April 1)
- 16 countries have crossed 150,000 cases (up from 1 on April 3)
- 19 countries have crossed 100,000 cases (up from 3 on April 3)
- 27 countries have crossed 50,000 cases (up from 8 on April 3)
- 45 countries have crossed 25,000 cases (up from 11 on April 3)
- 53 countries have crossed 15,000 cases (up from 16 on April 16)
- 65 countries have crossed 10,000 cases (up from 23 on April 16)
- Peru became the 13th country to cross 8,000 deaths
- 2 countries have crossed 50,000 deaths (up from 0 on April 3)
- 6 countries have crossed 25,000 deaths (up from 0 on April 3)
- 8 countries have crossed 10,000 deaths (up from 0 on April 3)
- 16 countries have crossed 5,000 deaths (up from 5 on April 3)
- 22 countries have crossed 2,500 deaths (up from 7 on April 3)
- 36 countries have crossed 1,000 deaths (up from 10 on April 3)
- 48 countries have crossed 500 deaths (up from 16 on April 16)