India completes 1 million Covid-19 tests: What is remarkable about it

Author: l May 3, 2020 
India reported the fewest number of cases after completing one million coronavirus tests across the country.According to data compiled by the ministry of health, Indian Council of Medical Research and Our World in Data, there were 39,980 cases in India when the country completed one million Covid-19 tests. In comparison, Spain had over 200,194 cases, while the USA had 164,620 cases.

*As of May 3, 2020, only a few countries had crossed the one-million test mark. Out of which, the data is available only for the above-considered countries. (India data as on May 3, 2020 (8 AM))On Saturday, India crossed 1 million Covid-19 tests (RT-PCR), a milestone, clocking over 75,000 tests per day with 419 laboratories at work through the country.

With almost a 24/7 working schedule in the past month to bring India’s health infrastructure up to speed in the middle of a deadly pandemic, these 40 days of national lockdown has seen the government push 14 mentor institutions like AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh, CMC Vellore, JIPMER Puducherry, SGPIMS Lucknow, AIIMS Bhubaneshwar, etc to assist and train these medical colleges/labs/hospitals in carrying out tests.In addition, 15 institutions spread across the country are working as depots for supplying testing kits/ material to these labs.

India also has one of the lowest fatality rate of 3.3% of total confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths of 0.09 people per one lakh population when compared to major hotspots of the pandemic in the world, including South Korea, which is seen as a top performer in containing the disease, and China that resorted to measures like mass quarantine to limit the pandemic.

Among the early countries to have been infected with the outbreak of Covid-19, South Korea has done well by confining its total count to 10,780 cases and deaths at 250. Its case-fatality rate is among the lowest at 2.3% while deaths per lakh of population have been at 0.48, higher than China at 0.33 and India’s 0.09, which is the lowest among all major countries, according to trends captured at the Coronavirus Resource Centre, Johns Hopkins University.