India tests / million lower than US, Russia, UK and France | India News
NEW DELHI: Over a two-month period from Sept. 16 to Nov. 15, India has been testing more for Covid-19 on average per day than countries such as Russia, France, the UK and the US, said the government, noting the greatest efforts in testing.
On November 12, India tested 1.19 million samples, while Russia conducted 6,36,888 tests, France performed 3.62,764, and the United Kingdom tested 3.62,291. The United States, which has recorded average daily tests closer to India in recent weeks, conducted 1.13 million tests on November 12, data from the Health Ministry show.
In better news, India’s cumulative positivity rate is 7%, while the daily positivity rate in the last week was 4.1%.
While the test count per million shows that some of these countries have much higher scores, the government said a two-month period was a reasonable interval to make a comparison in terms of average tests per day.
Cumulatively, while the US has carried over 17 crore, the highest total samples so far, India has the second highest at around 12.65 crore. Total tests carried out by Russia amount to more than 6.95 million rupees, almost half that of India, while the UK and France tested even less at 3.89 million rupees and 1.91 million rupees, respectively.
However, India, with its huge population, has performed 91,359 tests per million inhabitants, the lowest among these countries. The United States has conducted more than 5.12 lakhs of tests per million people, while the United Kingdom has performed 5.72 lakhs and Russia has performed 4.76 lakhs per million people. France has tested 2.93 lakh of tests per million. Population size also appears to be a factor, as while China has conducted more than 16 million tests, its tests per million inhabitants are 1,11,163.
The government maintained that increased testing has helped control the pandemic and reduce new cases even as many countries are experiencing an increase.