Hyderabad: Three districts from the two Telugu states were in the top ten list in the country with regard to daily average Covid-19 tests in August. Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district with 8,562 tests was at fifth spot, while Hyderabad (8,091) was at sixth and Krishna (6,864), also in the neighbouring state, was at seventh place.
The Union health and family welfare ministry, which submitted a report as part of its reply to a query in Parliament recently, stated that Bengaluru Urban district had the highest daily average, 18,523 tests, among 734 districts across the country in August. Karnataka‘s capital was followed by Pune, Chennai and Ahmedabad.
Interestingly, Guntur and Krishna districts were the only districts which were not as urbanised as other districts in the top ten. Guntur was a step ahead of Hyderabad, taking fifth place and had an average of 8,562 people undergoing tests daily. Hyderabad at sixth place had logged better test rate over urban districts in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. The capital had an average of 8,091 Covid-19 tests per day in August.
The remaining districts in the top 10 list included Assam’s Kamrup Metro, Mumbai and Lucknow at eight, ninth and tenth place respectively. Incidentally, all the districts with high test rate are either current state capitals or had been capitals except Kamrup Metro in Assam
In August, the country had conducted 2,39,66,859 tests across the country, while districts conducted an average of 1,053 tests per day. The country had done 875 tests per million and below one test for every 1,000 persons.
Dr Subodh Kandamuthan, professor and director Centre for Healthcare Management of Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) said : “Understandably, urban areas had more tests with more population. The district numbers should also improve proportionately as part of the test, trace, treatment policy.”