Climbing Coronavirus: Be Negative Or Be Positive?

by Pankaj Pachauri Jul 22, 2020 • 08:32 PM Views 2165

With close to 40,000 new COVID-19 cases being reported across the country every day and the government saying the situation is improving because of a dropping death rate, the dilemma arises before us: “Should we be positive or negative?” GoNews Editor-in-chief Pankaj Pachauri takes an overview of whether the situation is positive as the Government claims to be, amid media reports showing hospitals collapsing in poor regions of the country.

Data from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) show that one on every nine COVID-19 tests conducted in the country is positive. Similarly, it is one confirmed case per 168 tests in the UK and one confirmed case per 38 tests in Russia.

Similarly, the coronavirus positivity rate in the country is ten percent. That is, the test report of ten people in every 100 tests is positive, that is if all 135 crore people of the country are tested, then 7.4 crore people will be infected with Coronavirus. The same rate is 66.9 percent in Mexico while 24.7 percent in South Africa. The same rate in Britain is 0.6 percent.