Nothing has welcomed more criticism than the Telangana state health officials stopped giving out the information of the number of corona testings per day. After almost 18 days the state government on Monday released it testing data amidst raising concerns over hiding testing numbers.
According to the data released, the Telangana government stated that it had conducted 22,842 tests of which 1,388 or 6.1% of all tests returned positive. The officials noted that it has been diagnosing corona is every 16 tests conducted. Rounding it off, the state has been conducting 250 tests per day. This is much lower than the national average of around 1,600 tests per million population.
This data has, however, triggered a new debate while the national health experts compared the date with the neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra. As Andhra Pradesh which has been registering a slope in the positive cases from the past cases has tested 2,29,118 samples so far while states like Karnataka and Maharashtra have tested 1,40,024 and 2,61,783 samples respectively.
Meanwhile, the state officials have been playing a safe card defended its move stating that it is following guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). But why is the esteemed institute staying mum..? As the state claims to follow the guidelines, why is ICMR ignoring the state which has been one of the worst-corona hit states in the country..?
It is an appreciable move that the state government has been implementing strict lockdown rules, despite central government’s relaxations, but the fact that state is downplaying the number of testing amidst flocking migrants is something serious.