BENGALURU: Among the six states in the country that are reporting a very high number of Covid-19 cases, Karnataka has conducted the second-highest number of tests per million (TPM) to detect the infection.
However, the big relief is that the state’s test positivity rate has remained below 0.3 % in the last two weeks. Mizoram, which has conducted 27,591 TPM as against Karnataka’s 22,053, has a positivity rate of 8.2%.
According to data released by the Centre on December 24, the country’s average TPM is 12,064 and test positivity rate for the last two weeks is 0.6%.
As per data compiled by the Union health ministry, in the last two weeks (December 10-24), the country witnessed 97,882 new cases. In both these indicators, Karnataka stood in fifth position with 4,093 new cases and 7,146 active ones among the six states reporting high cases. Kerala tops the list with highest new cases (45,225) during this period.
With 19,894 tests conducted per million, Kerala stood third and was followed by Tamil Nadu (18,030), Maharashtra (12,541) and West Bengal (4,939). In Karnataka, 81.5% of the tests are RT-PCR, considered to be the gold standard.
As per data with the state health and family welfare department, as on December 25, Karnataka’s daily positivity rate has been less than 1% for the last 123 days. Also, weekly positivity rate has been less than 1% for the last 129 days.
The state, which was conducting over 60,000-70,000 tests per day in November, increased it to one lakh tests a day from December 3 onwards, based on the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee, owing to Omicron concerns.
Dr MK Sudarshan, chairperson, Covid technical advisory committee, told TOI that testing has been good in Karnataka and he wasn’t surprised to see the state’s TPR is better than than the country’s average.
“Despite the high testing rate, the case load is low. It indicates that we are in a better position in Covid management. The increased testing rate needs to continue in the context of a third wave expected in January-February 2022. The cases we are seeing are cluster outbreaks in educational institutions,” he added.
Source: Covid-19: With 22,000 tests, Karnataka 2nd in per million coverage; positivity rate below 0.3% | Bengaluru News – Times of India (indiatimes.com)