Maharashtra ranks 17th with 198 tests per million

Maharashtra has ranked 17th among the 22 states that are testing for the coronavirus.

Maharashtra ranks 17th with 198 tests per million

Maharashtra has ranked 17th amongst the 22 states that are testing for the coronavirus. Despite having one of the highest numbers of coronavirus cases in the country, Maharashtra has ranked lower than other states in comparison.

According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, Maharashtra is conducting 198 tests per 10 lakh population. These numbers are way lower than that of Goa, Tripura, Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka. However, the government of Maharashtra has long claimed to have one of the highest test rates in the country.

As of July 16, there are 105 testing labs in the state, of which 61 are government and 44 are private. According to the government data provided on June 24, Maharashtra had developed 73 Dedicated COVID-19 Hospital (DCH) across the state, which has 38,594 isolation beds, 5,909 ICU beds and 2,271 ventilators. These DCH have 2,84,945 available Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs) and 4,65,249 N95 masks for the healthcare workers and patients.

With the surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, CM Uddhav Thackeray had earlier said that the government will set up COVID-19 testing labs in all districts of the state. He was speaking after inaugurating the testing lab in Jalna city in Marathwada via video conference. Thackeray also informed that the number of testing labs has gone up to 110.

The number of testing labs was only two when the coronavirus outbreak began in the country. He further added that the battle against the pandemic should be fought with a positive mindset. Furthermore, the CM stated that the government has set up several health facilities for people in Maharashtra and has also ramped up testing. Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Raosaheb Danve were also present at the occasion.

Maharashtra currently has cases 2,67,705 of the coronavirus in the country.