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Data from these 24 states and UTs totals as much as 12,01,930 exams on September 24. The smaller states and UTs not included within the record collectively account for lower than 18,000 exams, taking the entire to round 12,19,000 exams in all — greater than 2.7 lakh in need of the 14.9 lakh determine.
Technical glitch, says T’gana; scope of error distant, says ICMR
While ICMR doesn’t make state-wise testing figures public, an inner council doc accessed by TOI provides a break-up of testing knowledge from states for September 24. The doc exhibits Telangana performed 2,62,794 exams on that day, by far the very best within the nation. The Telangana authorities’s figures for September 24 are rather more modest at 57,621 exams.
Similarly, ICMR’s numbers for Andhra Pradesh (1,87,341) are at odds with the 69,429 exams which the state authorities says had been performed on September 24.
ICMR officers mentioned the council doesn’t publish state-wise testing knowledge. “We publish only cumulative data received directly from labs. States collect data on their own, except a few states like UP that have a common portal,” an ICMR official mentioned.
The official mentioned ICMR follows a system of direct reporting of testing numbers by labs. Any Covid check performed by any government-accredited lab within the nation is straight reported to the ICMR’s portal, discounting the scope for any error.
A prime Telangana well being official mentioned the upper numbers recorded by ICMR could possibly be a results of a technical glitch or double-counting whereas merging the info.
“We have not done more than 63,000 tests in a day so far. There might have been some technical error or duplication at the time of merging of data,” mentioned Dr G Srinivasa Rao, director, public well being in Telangana authorities.
Health officers in Andhra Pradesh identified that testing numbers within the state had by no means crossed 80,000 in a day. The highest determine within the final six months was 77,492 exams performed on September 17. “The state has neither the testing capacity nor manpower to conduct 1.87 lakh tests in a day,” an official mentioned.