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India's COVID-19 Testing Capacity Must Grow by a Factor of 10: Here's How That Can Happen   [open pdf - 369KB]

From the Document: "Diagnostic testing is at the center of the policy debate around COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] interventions in India. As of June 1, 2020, India had conducted approximately 3.8 million tests since it began testing in February, but many experts have noted that testing capacity is still drastically insufficient for the needs of the population. Daily COVID-19 tests per 1,000 people are only 0.08 in India compared with 1.16 in the United States and 1.02 in Italy (as of May 30, 2020). India's COVID-19 test positivity rate is about 5 percent (as of June 1, 2020)--within the World Health Organization's recommended rate of <10 percent. While this number might suggest that testing capacity is currently sufficient for the size of the outbreak,, analyses indicates that a nearly tenfold increase in testing is required to keep the positivity rates (reassuringly) low."

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