COVID-19: Pune city has highest daily testing rate in country

Salil Urunkar
Friday, 24 July 2020

Pune has achieved the highest mark in daily COVID-19 testing rate in the country

Pune: District administration on Thursday (July 23) patted its back for achieving the highest daily COVID-19 testing rate in the country but this has also revealed a 27 per cent positivity rate meaning almost more than one-fourth of the district's population may have already been exposed to the coronavirus infection and generated antibodies against it.

Saurabh Rao, Officer on Special Duty at the Divisional Commissioner Office said, “A total 37,339 tests were conducted in the week of July 16 to 22 from which 10,152 COVID-positive patients were identified. This comes to around a 27 per cent positivity rate in the district.

“In the last four weeks that is from June 25 to July 21, 1.16 lakh tests were conducted in Pune city. It was the highest in the country. Also, the tests conducted in the entire Pune district – which comprises Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad city and rural parts of the district – were also the highest in the country,” Rao said.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RT-PCR AND RAPID ANTIGEN TEST

Rapid antibody test detects whether a person has developed antibodies against an infection. These antibodies take two weeks to develop in the patient’s body. The antibody test is used to assess the level of exposure of the population to the virus. The RT-PCR test actually detects the virus in swabs collected from the patient which helps in diagnosis.

COMPARISON OF DAILY TESTS CONDUCTED

City

Total tests conducted daily

Pune

11,000 to 15,000

Mumbai

6,000 to 7,000

Thane

5,000 to 6,000

 

TESTS CONDUCTED BY MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF PUNE CITY

Period

Tests conducted

Positive cases identified (in per cent)

June 25 to July 1

22,800

4,451 (19.5 per cent)

July 2 to 8

25,200

6,063 (24 per cent)

July 9 to 15

32,100

6335 (19.7 per cent)

July 16 to 23

37,000

10,152 (27 per cent)

TESTING IN PUNE DISTRICT

March (when first patient found): 138

March 31: 970

April 30: 19,496

May 31: 76,528

June 30: 1.7 lakh

July (as on 23rd day): 3.45 lakh

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