Kerala conducting 44 COVID-19 tests per positive case: Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Kerala was far ahead of other states in the country in the number of COVID-19 tests conducted. Detailing the statistics, the CM said that Kerala is conducting 44 tests per positive case.
Addressing the media after a coronavirus review meeting, he said that the number of tests and test centres will be increased as virus infections in the state are on the rise.
During the day, 720 new cases were reported, taking the Covid tally to 13,994. It included 528 local infectees. There are 8,056 active cases in the state.
Maharashtra is conducting 5 tests per positive case while the number is 7 in Delhi, 11 in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat and 17 in Karnataka, the CM explained. Those who count only the total number of tests are missing the point. Counting the total number of tests conducted is not the scientific way. How many tests are conducted per positive case is the important factor.
He said many failed to understand that population density in Kerala was double the national average and the state had the largest percentage of senior citizens. "Despite all that, the fatality rate in Kerala was 0.33 per cent, against 4.4 per cent in Gujarat, 3.8 per cent in Maharashtra and 2.1 per cent in Karnataka," said Pinarayi Vijayan.
"In the early days, critics said there were low reporting of cases. Now when the cases are rising, they are saying there's a huge spike. We can't do anything about those who feign ignorance," said Pinarayi Vijayan.
He also used Monday's data to support his case. On Monday, there were 36,906 cases and 596 deaths across the country, 4,985 cases and 70 deaths in Tamil Nadu, and 3,648 cases and 72 fatalities in Karnataka.
He accepted being concerned about rise in cases and added, by July 23, 742 Covid first line treatment centres with 69,215 beds would be ready. By July 19, 187 such centres with 20,404 beds had started functioning, he added.
(With inputs from IANS)