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How to cap the virus in the current situation: cast the testing net wider and act fast on the data

Data shows that coronavirus testing in India is far lower than it needs to be. Testing has to be ramped up to include more people who are not acutely ill. Then the data has to be shared immediately across the country. These two steps are critical for governments and local bodies to fine-tune their response for maximum impact.
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On March 16, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) had said, “We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test. You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. And we cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected.” And yes, India did test. From just 5,500 tests at the end
periods in the same geography,” Reddy says. Each state in India is at a different stage of the epidemiological curve. Therefore, the states and even local civic bodies need to come out with testing strategies relevant to their region deploying a combination of available tests rather than taking a universal approach. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
On March 16, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) had said, “We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test. You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. And we cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected.” And yes, India did test. From just 5,500 tests at the end periods in the same geography,” Reddy says. Each state in India is at a different stage of the epidemiological curve. Therefore, the states and even local civic bodies need to come out with testing strategies relevant to their region deploying a combination of available tests rather than taking a universal approach. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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