How are states faring in the fight against coronavirus?


Extensive testing, along with surveillance and tracking, is critical to contain the spread of the deadly Covid-19. Though government data shows much improvement in the number of tests conducted, a state-wise break-up reveals huge gaps between tests, cases and fatality rates.

Delhi has conducted the highest number of tests per million population compared to other states. It has conducted 30,560 tests, or 1,513 tests per million population. Delhi is followed by Andhra Pradesh (915), Rajasthan (891), Tamil Nadu (868) and Jammu & Kashmir (825) in the number of tests conducted per million population.

However, the Capital has also reported the maximum number of cases per million population, which is known as prevalence rate. Delhi has the maximum prevalence rate of 122 per million, followed by Maharashtra (46), Gujarat (37) and Jammu & Kashmir (30).

Maharashtra, the worst affected state, has conducted the highest number of coronavirus tests in absolute terms, but its per capita testing is almost half of Delhi with 782 tests per million population.

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Experts suggest that testing and case fatality rates are useful metrics to compare the performance of states in their battle against coronavirus.

Dr. Giridhar R Babu, head of life course epidemiology at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), told India Today, “It is important to consider testing rates in conjunction with proportion of silent districts in a state, test positivity, case fatality and proportion of SARI/ILI (Severe Acute Respiratory Infections/Influenza Like Illness) cases reported and tested.”

Delhi, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are states with higher testing and lower case fatality rates. In comparison, Maharashtra and Karnataka have higher testing and fatality rates from the national average of 401 and 3.1 per cent respectively.

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Data shows that Jharkhand, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal have less testing with higher case fatality rates. As of Friday, March 24, India has tested about 401 people for every million population, almost double in a week.

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The first case in India was reported in the last week of January. Since then, 5.25 lakh people (0.03 per cent of the population) have been tested. India has so far reported more than 24,000 positive cases of coronavirus, 780 deaths and 5,500 recoveries. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, check out our data analysis of cases in India, and access our dedicated coronavirus page. Get the latest updates on our live blog.

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