India crosses 10 million (1 crore) Covid tests but it is still FAR FROM ENOUGH

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I have been conducting Data Analytics Studies on the Coronavirus Pandemic for 119 days and have written 186 research-based blog posts on COVID-19 in these 119 days.

India has become the fifth country — after China (90.41 million), USA (38.76 million), Russia (21.54 million) and UK (10.78 million) — to conduct over 10 million (1 crore) Covid-19 tests.

However, when you look at it in the context of percentage of population tested, India (0.74%) is far behind UK (15.87%), Russia (14.76%), USA (11.7%) and China (6.28%).

Of the 40 countries which have reported a minimum of 50,000 Covid cases, 10 have tested over 10% of their population, with UAE the highest at 35.8%. Half (20 countries) have tested over 5% of their population and as many as 30 have tested more than double of India’s percentage.

Only Pakistan (0.654%), which has a 25.9% lower per-capita GDP than India; Bangladesh (0.532%), which has a 21% lower per-capita GDP than India; Mexico (0.497%); Indonesia (0.346%); and Egypt have tested lesser of their population than India.

Several other countries with much lower per-capita GDPs than India have also tested higher percentages of their populations. Here are three examples:

Ghana (37% lower per capita GDP than India) has tested 37.8% more of its population than India. At Ghana’s testing level, India would have more than 1.024 million (10.24 lakh) cases.

Nepal (62% lower per capita GDP than India) has tested 128.6% more of its population than India. At Nepal’s testing level, India would have over 1.98 million (19.8 lakh) cases and ranked higher than Brazil — the current world No.2 in number of cases.

Uzbekistan (4% lower per capita GDP) has tested 186.4% more of its population than India. At Uzbekistan’s testing level, India would have over 3.366 million (33.66 lakh) cases, the highest in the world.

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Do we really need to compare the world’s 5th largest economy (India) with the 40th largest (Pakistan) or the 43rd largest (Bangladesh) or the 74th largest (Ghana) or the 83rd largest (Uzbekistan) or the 103rd largest (Nepal)? Is this the real state of affairs in a country which wants to become a $5 trillion economy in the next 5 years?

Despite ramping up testing by a healthy 42.75% in the last 2 weeks (average 217,373 tests per day) compared to the previous 2 weeks (average 152,274 tests per day), India still needs to ramp us testing even more to catch up with MOST of the rest of the world.

Are PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan —as well as CMs of states — conscious of the above testing data comparisons?


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LATEST UPDATES (at 01:30 am UTC; 8 July 2020):

  • The world has crossed 11.948 million cases
  • The global death toll is over 546,500
  • With 743,481 cases and 20,653 deaths. India is No.3 in the world in cases and No.8 in deaths. Maharashtra state, with 217,121 cases and 9,250 deaths, would rank No.13 in cases and No.13 in deaths if it were a country
  • 4 countries have crossed 600,000 cases (up from 0 on April 3)
  • 9 countries have crossed 250,000 cases (up from 1 on April 3)
  • 18 countries have crossed 150,000 cases (up from 1 on April 3)
  • 21 countries have crossed 100,000 cases (up from 3 on April 3)
  • 33 countries have crossed 50,000 cases (up from 8 on April 3)
  • 51 countries have crossed 25,000 cases (up from 11 on April 3)
  • 2 countries have crossed 64,500 deaths (up from 0 on April 3)
  • 7 countries have crossed 25,000 deaths (up from 0 on April 3)
  • 11 countries have crossed 10,000 deaths (up from 0 on April 3)
  • 18 countries have crossed 5,000 deaths (up from 5 on April 3)
  • 26 countries have crossed 2,500 deaths (up from 7 on April 3)
  • 38 countries have crossed 1,000 deaths (up from 10 on April 3)


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