“So far 3,37,841 tests have been done in Tamil Nadu (from February 1), which is the highest. In Chennai city alone we have carried out 85,000 tests,” Minister Vijayabaskar said.
On Monday, the Tamil Nadu government asserted that the state has done 3.37 lakh tests so far, the highest number in the whole country. So far, as of May 19, 11,760 people have tested positive, of which 4,406 have been discharged following recovery.
Refuting DMK president MK Stalin’s allegation that the Tamil Nadu government had reduced the volume of tests, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said, “An opinion that tests have come down is not acceptable and it is entirely wrong. In the whole of India, we are doing the highest number of tests. We make early diagnosis, treat people, facilitate their recovery and bring down the number of deaths.”
“We have done the highest number of tests in India. So far 3,37,841 tests have been done in Tamil Nadu (from February 1), which is the highest. In Chennai city alone we have carried out 85,000 tests,” he said. Stalin had alleged that the government had cut down the number of tests to 8,270 on May 16 as against 14,102 on May 7. On Monday 11,121 samples were tested in the state.
According to Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), as of 9.00 am on Monday, the country had tested 23,02,792 samples. As of Monday, Maharashtra has tested 2,82,194 samples and among southern states Andhra Pradesh has tested 2,48,711, Karnataka has tested 1,51,663, and Kerala has tested 51,059 samples. As of May 14, Telangana had conducted 22,842 tests.
Adding Tamil Nadu’s best practices to tackle COVID-19 were even lauded by a Central team Vijayabaskar said that no particular number is pre-determined by the government for carrying out testing for any given day and that it was not possibl