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Goa best in Covid testing, but deaths are alarming

 

Goa’s Covid19 testing rate is much higher than the national rate as well as the big neighbouring states. But in terms of death rate, Goa ranks second among the 15 small states and quite closer to some big states.

The death rate of Goa is also much higher to the districts across the borders, in Maharashtra and Karnataka. 

Similar is the case with active Covid cases of Goa, in comparison to Sindhudurg in Maharashtra or Belgaum and Uttar Kannda in Karnataka. 

BEST IN COVID TESTING

The comparative study made by goanews.com indicates very clearly that in terms of Covid testing, Goa, being a small state, has been able to cover almost 15 percent of its population of around 1.5 million. 

A table below shows that the country as well as the neighbouring state of Maharashtra have tested till date hardly four per cent of its population for Covid. Karnataka is a little higher, but by only one per cent.

In terms of patients being found positive for Covid19, Goa’s rate is little higher (9.38%) than the national average of 8.26 percent from among the people tested so far. 

The real sigh of relief however is that Goa’s rate of Covid positive cases is less than the neighbouring states, in spite of a large Goan population being tested so far. 

In Maharashtra, nearly 20 percent people are found to be positive while 12 percent are found in Karnataka, from among those who are being tested. 

The rate of getting cured is however quite satisfactory everywhere, be it at national level or in Maharashtra, Karnataka or Goa. Between 72 to 79 percent. 

Similar is the case of active cases. Not more than 22 to 26 per cent people are active for Covid19.

 

COVID DEATHS: INDIA & NEIGHBOURING STATES

 

India

Maharashtra

Karnataka

Goa

Population

1210569573

112374333

61095297

1458545

Tested %

3.86

3.89

5.11

14.15

Positives %

8.26

19.30

12.15

9.38

Cured %

78.82

72.58

72.25

74.20

Active %

21.57

24.34

26.11

24.71

Deaths %

1.78

3.03

1.63

1.10

MORE DEATHS THAN BORDER DISTRICTS

Goa’s active cases are also less compared to the neighbouring districts across the borders. Against 25 percent active cases in Goa, nearly 50 percent people are active in Sindhudurg (Maharashtra). 

The percentage of active cases across the border in Karnataka however is quite closer to Goa, 29 percent in Belgaum and 26 percent in Uttar Kannada, from Karwar onwards. 

The real matter of concern however are deaths occured due to Covid19. Goa is one of the states having the lowest death rate, hardly 1.10 percent, compared to the national average of around 2 percent, 3 percent in Maharashtra and 2 per cent in Karnataka. 

But it's a little frightening when compared to the neighbouring districts, which have either a similar or higher number of population. 

Uttar Kannada district, adjacent to Canacona along the coastal line, has an equivalent population of around 1.5 million. But compared to 55 deaths in the Karnataka district, Goa’s deaths are four times more, 229 (till 5 September). 

Similarly, Belgaum district has triple the population than Goa. But the death rate is 197, which is still lesser than Goa. 

Sindhudurg is another adjoining district of Maharashtra, across Goa border, which is having half the population of Goa. But the death rate of the Konkan district is 10 times less. Only 20. 

 

COVID DEATHS: SINDHUDURG, BELGAUM & UTTAAR KANNADA

 

Sindhudurg Belgaum Uttar Kannada Goa

Population

849651

4779661

1437169

1458545

Positives

1431

13470

5361

19355

Cured

49.97 %

70.00 %

75.20 %

74.20 %

Active

48.64 %

28.84 %

25.54 %

24.71 %

Deaths

1.40 %

1.50 %

1.03 %

1.10 %



 

SECOND HIGHEST AMONG SMALL STATES

More worrisome is Goa’s ranking among the 15 small states and union territories. In terms of population, Goa ranks 10th. But in terms of Covid19 deaths, the former Portuguese colony is second in the line, with 229 deaths as on 5 September. 

Highest number of 298 deaths are reported in Puducherry, a union territory. The former French colony also has a little less population of 1.25 million. 

Closest to Goa is the state of Arunachal Pradesh, ranking ninth in terms of population, which has reported only eight deaths. 

Bigger than Goa in terms of population are five small states. None of these states have a larger death rate than Goa. In fact only Tripura, ranking at 14 with a population of 3.68 million, has reached a three digit: 144 deaths.  Tripura is nearly three times bigger than Goa. 

COVID DEATHS: STATES LARAGER THAN GOA

STATE

POPULATION

DEATHS

SMALL STATES

Goa

1.5 Million

229

Nagaland

1.98 Million

10

Manipur

2.86 Million

7

Meghalaya

2.97 Million

15

Tripura

3.68 Million

144

Himachal Pradesh

6.87 Million

53

BIG STATES

Uttarakhand

10.01 Million

330

Chattisgarh

25.50 Million

356

Assam

31.20 Million

352

Kerala

33.40 Million

337

 

And see the death rate of other larger states than Goa, among the smaller states and also four big states having similar death rates like Goa.

Goa also stands closer to four big states, which have reported deaths below 400. These are Uttarakhand: 330 deaths, Kerala: 337, Assam: 352 and Chattisgarh: 356. 

Source: covidindia.org


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