At a time when Andhra Pradesh has been conducting a mean of 9,000 exams for Covid-19 daily, the variety of samples being examined within the neighbouring Telugu state of Telangana has been abysmally low – a mean of 225 samples a day.
This determine got here to gentle on Sunday night time when the Telangana medical and well being division officers disclosed the information analytics of testing as on Could 16 to clarify the gender and age distribution among the many constructive instances for Covid-19.
Based on G Srinivasa Rao, director of medical and well being, Telangana authorities, the cumulative variety of samples examined as on Could 16 was 23,388. Out of that determine, 947 males examined constructive and 14,256 examined unfavorable, 566 females examined constructive and seven,619 examined unfavorable.
Among the many constructive instances together with each female and male, 218 instances belong to the age group of Zero-15 years, 434 are from the age group of 16-30 years, 406 are from age group of 31-45 years, 301 instances are from the age group of 46-60 and 151 instances are of above 60 years of age.
The final time the division launched the figures of cumulative variety of exams executed within the state was on April 28, when Telangana well being minister Eatala Rajender addressed a press convention and disclosed that 19,303 exams had been performed until that date.
Making an allowance for the newest figures of 23,388 samples examined, the full variety of exams performed between April 28 and Could 16 was 4085 – a mean of 226 instances per day.
Curiously, an announcement from the workplace of the well being minister stated the full variety of exams performed within the state as on Could 14 was 22,842. It meant 546 exams had been executed in a span of 48 hours – a mean of 273 per day, exhibiting that the testing has barely improved within the final three days.
The primary Covid-19 instances was reported in Telangana on March 2 and it was solely after March 15 that the federal government launched figures concerning the variety of samples examined – 22 samples on March 15 and the determine went as much as 764 on March 24, when Tablighi Jamaat episode got here to gentle. After that the Telangana authorities stopped releasing the information of samples examined for Covid-19.
The well being minister has been refusing to disclose the information stating that the variety of samples being examined was not a parameter for the unfold of the virus, however the variety of constructive instances that had been detected within the testing.
Until Sunday night, Telangana had 1,551 Covid-19 instances 34 deaths. The variety of energetic instances is 525 instances whereas the others have recovered.
“We don’t need to do indiscriminate testing of individuals only for the sake of figures. We’ve got been conducting exams as per the ICMR tips solely on these having real signs and likewise with co-morbid circumstances, aside from those that had been the first contacts of the constructive instances,” Rajender stated.
He additional stated thought there are personal labs that have gotten permission from ICMR to conduct the exams for Covid-19, the state authorities didn’t give the clearance as a result of it could result in these labs fleecing of individuals even when that they had delicate signs. “Every check prices round Rs 5,000 and we don’t want the individuals to be fleeced,” he stated.
In Andhra Pradesh, nonetheless, the testing of samples for Covid-19 has been stepped up within the final one month, after the state well being division started utilizing Trunat fast testing kits, in addition to RT-PCR testing. The AP authorities has additionally imported two lakh fast check kits from South Korea, that are additionally getting used for random testing throughout a door-to-door survey.
Based on state nodal officer for Covid-19 Arja Sreekanth, 2,48,711 samples have been examined as on Monday. Andhra Pradesh has reported 2,432 Covid-19 instances to this point, together with 150 migrant labourers. There have been 50 Covid-19 casualties.