Policy Briefs & Reports

Testing for the Coronavirus at the State Level

Partha Mukhopadhyay


April 21, 2020

This brief discusses desirable strategies and important considerations to implement coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and data analysis. The suggestions are consistent with a modern statistical understanding of how to detect infection and understand where and how much it has spread across each state in India and, most importantly, minimise its transmission. All this has to be done in an environment of scarcity of tests. India’s level of testing (in terms of tests per million) is one-hundredth that of levels seen in countries such as Italy and Spain.