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Questionable testing may be the reason India's Covid-19 numbers are down

Rather than showing India is gaining control over Covid-19, the slowing momentum may largely reflect spotty testing levels and a heavy reliance on questionable kits



Muneeza Naqvi and Chris Kay | Bloomberg
India’s daily coronavirus infections have been cut in half since a peak of more than 97,000 in mid-September, but the significant drop has raised fresh questions over the nation’s testing regime and whether it reflects the true state of its epidemic.
As India on Thursday surpassed the grim milestone of 9 million total infections, the official daily numbers appear to show a marked slowdown in the spread of the disease. Once poised to overtake the U.S. as the nation with the highest caseload, India for weeks has been reporting fewer than 50,000 new cases a day, while infections are skyrocketing

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First Published: Nov 20 2020 | 10:50 AM IST

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