Coronavirus: Shashi Tharoor Slams Centre's "Foolishness" To Buy "Faulty" Chinese Test Kits

Coronavirus India: Last week, India procured five lakh rapid antibody test kits from two Chinese firms and they were distributed to several states reporting rising cases of the coronavirus infection.

Coronavirus: Shashi Tharoor Slams Centre's 'Foolishness' To Buy 'Faulty' Chinese Test Kits

Shashi Tharoor slammed the government to "make the same mistake as others at the cost of public health"

New Delhi:

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor today attacked the government over reports of India getting faulty rapid antibody test kits from China and asserted that the answer to the problem lies in indigenous development of test kits as done by countries like the US, South Korea and Germany.

India's top medical research body ICMR on Tuesday advised states to stop using the rapid antibody test kits till it examines their quality in the wake of complaints that they are not fully effective.

Last week, India procured five lakh rapid antibody test kits from two Chinese firms and they were distributed to several states reporting rising cases of the coronavirus infection.

Reacting to the reports of faulty test kits, Mr Tharoor said he read comments on social media over the issue stating that what can the Modi government do about it as other countries also had the same experience.

"Yes, that's exactly the point. How smart is a government if it does not learn from the mistakes of other governments. Isn't it foolishness to make the same mistake at the cost of public health and money?" Mr Tharoor said in a series of tweets.

The EU Medicine Agency's guidelines, on par with the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), require that rapid tests be 80 per cent accurate and the Chinese kits bought by India have shown an average of five per cent accuracy, which is the lowest by their own standards, he said.

Noting that China said that the kits should be procured from authorised manufacturers, Mr Tharoor highlighted that one of the companies that India ordered from is the same company that the UK government had ordered and then rejected for being flawed.

The British are seeking a USD 20 million refund from the two Chinese companies, Mr Tharoor said.

"Spain, with one of the largest counts of positive cases, returned around 600,000 faulty kits to China. Czech and Filipino authorities also discarded testing kits imported from China, claiming they had only 20 per cent & 40 per cent accuracy respectively. Slovak PM: ''throw straight into the Danube''," Mr Tharoor tweeted.

"We have options: The answer lies in indigenous development of test-kits, as USA, South Korea and Germany have done. Indians are no less capable but has the government been smart enough to facilitate it?" he asked.

There are two successful initiatives from Thiruvananthapuram, with which, Mr Tharoor said, he is closely associated. These are the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), both Indian government centres of excellence.

"SCTIMST''s RT-LAMP test, a conclusive, yet faster and cheaper test which can replace expensive and time-consuming RT-PCR tests, and RGCB's antibody rapid test kits (the kind we have now imported from China and found faulty) are still awaiting ICMR approval. Why is the government dragging its feet?" Mr Tharoor asked.

"In this emergency, ICMR should be taking decisions in hours and days, not weeks and months! We had given Rs 1 crore funding to SCTIMST from MPLADS on March 30. Since then their kits are ready, trials have worked. RGCB too. But ICMR is unable to move at the rapid pace required. Why?" the Congress leader asked.

World

57,22,054Cases
29,91,690Active
23,74,096Recovered
3,56,268Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 188 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 57,22,054 and 3,56,268 have died; 29,91,690 are active cases and 23,74,096 have recovered as on May 28, 2020 at 7:35 pm.

India

1,58,333 6566Cases
86,110 3106Active
67,692 3266Recovered
4,531 194Deaths
In India, there are 1,58,333 confirmed cases including 4,531 deaths. The number of active cases is 86,110 and 67,692 have recovered as on May 28, 2020 at 8:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Akola506
Aurangabad1415
Dhule125
Jalgaon522
Mumbai34865
Mumbai Suburban3331
Nagpur450
Nashik1092
Palghar736
Pune7213
Satara431
Solapur717
Thane9318
Yavatmal107
Ahmednagar85
Amravati201
Beed40
Bhandara25
Buldhana56
Chandrapur26
Hingoli138
Jalna124
Kolhapur361
Latur109
Nanded118
Nandurbar32
Parbhani38
Raigad1012
Ratnagiri201
Sangli98
Gadchiroli28
gondia56
Osmanabad58
Sindhudurg19
Wardha8
Washim11

56948 2190

37133 1121

17918 964

1897 105

DistrictCases
Chittoor257
Guntur412
Krishna477
Kurnool704
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*168
Anantapur344
East Godavari167
Prakasam64
Srikakulam70
Visakhapatnam78
West Godavari121
Y.S.R.160
Vizianagaram17

3171

1056

2057 48

58 1

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Rural13
Bengaluru Urban294
Mysuru98
Bagalkote83
Ballari38
Belagavi182
Bidar123
Chikkaballapura129
Dakshina Kannada94
Dharwad45
Gadag37
Kalaburagi202
Mandya265
Tumakuru34
Uttara Kannada79
Vijayapura93
Chamarajanagara0
Chikkamagaluru12
Chitradurga11
Davangere146
Hassan135
Haveri12
Kodagu4
Kolar21
Koppal4
Raichur73
Ramanagara1
Shivamogga36
Udupi124
Yadgir164

2418 135

1590 99

781 33

47 3

DistrictCases
North Goa39
South Goa25

68 1

31

37 9

0

DistrictCases
Chengalpattu643
Chennai12170
Kanchipuram286
Madurai265
Namakkal94
Ranipet99
Thanjavur127
Thiruvallur570
Thiruvarur48
Tiruppur113
Vellore47
Virudhunagar142
Ariyalur412
Coimbatore165
Cuddalore441
Dharmapuri7
Dindigul135
Erode69
Kallakurichi263
Kanniyakumari67
Karur82
Nagapattinam57
Perambalur124
Pudukkottai32
Ramanathapuram72
Salem145
Sivaganga38
Tenkasi82
The Nilgiris16
Theni114
Tiruchirappalli82
Tirunelveli368
Tirupathur30
Tiruvannamalai274
Tuticorin181
Villupuram368
Krishnagiri30

18545 817

8503 244

9909 567

133 6

DistrictCases
Kannur252
Kottayam50
Alappuzha39
Idukki28
Kasaragod272
Kollam56
Kozhikode61
Malappuram61
Palakkad114
Pathanamthitta43
Thiruvananthapuram52
Thrissur41
Ernakulam44
Wayanad30

1004 41

445 30

552 10

7 1

DistrictCases
Raipur11
Korba41
Balod24
Baloda Bazar14
Balrampur9
Bastar0
Bemetara13
Bijapur1
Bilaspur46
Dantewada0
Dhamtari2
Durg11
Gariyaband5
Janjgir-Champa15
Jashpur3
Kabirdham13
Kanker12
Kondagaon0
Korea9
Mahasamund1
Mungeli81
Narayanpur0
Raigarh12
Rajnandgaon35
Sukma0
Surajpur8
Surguja7

369 8

286 4

83 4

0

DistrictCases
Hyderabad1495
MedchalMalkajgiri37
Ranga Reddy85
Suryapet83
Vikarabad38
Warangal Urban29
Adilabad21
Jagitial57
Jangoan7
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Jogulamba Gadwal41
Kamareddy10
Karimnagar10
Khammam11
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad6
Mahabubnagar18
Mancherial33
Medak5
Nalgonda26
Narayanpet2
Nirmal21
Nizamabad74
RajannaSircilla7
Sangareddy16
Bhadradri Kothagudem4
Mahabubabad9
Mulugu3
Nagarkurnool4
Peddapalli3
Siddipet4
Wanaparthy0
Warangal Rural3
YadadriBhuvanagiri36

2098 107

751 101

1284

63 6

DistrictCases
Baleshwar141
Bhadrak104
Jajapur245
Dhenkanal17
Kalahandi15
Kendrapara60
Khordha105
Koraput7
Sundargarh43
Anugul21
Balangir56
Bargarh2
Boudh33
Cuttack87
Deogarh24
Gajapati10
Ganjam394
Jagatsinghapur49
Jharsuguda6
Kandhamal13
Kendujhar20
Malkangiri18
Mayurbhanj19
Nabarangpur1
Nayagarh65
Nuapada14
Puri87
Rayagada0
Sambalpur7
Sonepur5

1593 76

853 76

733

7

DistrictCases
Barwani42
Bhopal1446
Dewas96
Dhar122
East Nimar233
Gwalior132
Indore3401
Jabalpur234
Ujjain726
Agar Malwa13
Alirajpur3
Betul23
Burhanpur295
Chhindwara6
Dindori16
Harda3
Hoshangabad37
Khargone124
Mandsaur109
Morena88
Raisen68
Ratlam30
Sagar115
Shajapur10
Shandol9
Sheopur7
Tikamgarh9
Vidisha20
Anuppur3
Ashoknagar12
Balaghat8
Bhind56
Chhatarpur16
Damoh16
Datia9
Guna3
Jhabua14
Katni2
Mandla12
Narsinghpur10
Neemuch158
Niwari0
Panna4
Rajgarh10
Rewa39
Satna24
Sehore8
Seoni2
Shivpuri8
Sidhi13
Singrauli11
Umaria6

7261 237

3021

3927 238

313 8

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad12580
Anand98
Arvalli113
Banas Kantha107
Bhavnagar125
Gandhinagar224
PanchMahals80
Surat1563
Vadodara983
Bharuch41
Botad55
Chhotaudepur24
Dang3
Dohad38
GirSomnath45
Jamnagar52
Kachchh67
Kheda71
Mahesana95
Mahisagar121
Narmada18
Naysari21
Patan83
Rajkot106
SabarKantha89
Surendranagar32
Tapi6
Valsad30
Amreli9
DevbhumiDwarka11
Junagadh27
Morbi4
Porbandar8

15195 374

6708

7549 410

938 23

DistrictCases
Ajmer334
Banswara97
Bharatpur128
Jaipur1939
Jhalawar205
Jodhpur1303
Kota421
Nagaur420
Alwar54
Barmer22
Bhilwara193
Bikaner98
Chittorgarh220
Churu24
Dausa49
Dholpur35
Dungarpur287
Hanumangarh20
Jaisalmer48
Jhunjhunu63
Karauli11
Pali168
Rajsamand110
SawaiMadhopur22
Sikar69
Tonk169
Udaipur643
Baran8
Bundi1
Ganganagar7
Jalore97
Pratapgarh13
Sirohi76

7703 167

3073

4457 286

173 3

DistrictCases
Faridabad322
Sonipat182
Ambala51
Bhiwani14
CharkiDadri14
Fatehabad15
Gurugram1105
Hisar26
Jhajjar120
Jind30
Kaithal11
Karnal42
Kurukshetra22
Nuh65
Palwal40
Panchkula45
Panipat61
Rohtak35
Sirsa9
Yamunanagar8
Mahendragarh35
Rewari19

1381 76

525 61

838 14

18 1

DistrictCases
Agra899
Aligarh142
Amroha65
Bareilly15
Bijnor89
Bulandshahr110
Firozabad172
Gautam Buddha Nagar576
Kanpur Nagar256
Lucknow293
Mathura89
Meerut412
Moradabad196
Muzaffarnagar69
Rae Bareli75
Rampur179
Saharanpur265
Sant Kabeer Nagar72
Varanasi174
Auraiya23
Ayodhya96
Azamgarh64
Baghpat27
Bahraich62
Balrampur36
Banda23
Basti140
Bhadohi32
Budaun21
Etah29
Etawah30
Ghaziabad486
Ghazipur111
Gonda41
Gorakhpur79
Hapur141
Hardoi33
Jalaun39
Jaunpur162
Jhansi39
Kannauj42
Kasganj6
Kaushambi4
Mainpuri23
Mau18
Mirzapur20
Pilibhit14
Pratapgarh9
Prayagraj14
Sambhal74
Shamli29
Shravasti24
Sitapur29
Sultanpur71
Unnao20
Ambedkar Nagar57
Amethi94
Ballia35
Barabanki145
Chandauli29
Chitrakoot4
Deoria67
Farrukhabad29
Fatehpur1
Hamirpur3
Hathras23
Kanpur Dehat3
Kheri59
Kushi Nagar20
Lalitpur2
Maharajganj45
Mahoba1
Shahjahanpur18
Siddharth Nagar97
Sonbhadra5

6991 443

2818 138

3991 293

182 12

DistrictCases
Central3068
East1078
New Delhi2300
North2075
North East1004
North West2804
Shahdara975
South1122
South East1260
South West1247
West2264

15257 792

7690 736

7264 41

303 15

DistrictCases
Dhubri15
Goalpara14
Marigaon20
Baksa3
Barpeta10
Biswanath3
Bongaigaon8
Cachar35
Charaideo13
Chirang5
Darrang6
Dhemaji8
Dibrugarh4
Dima Hasao8
Golaghat121
Hailakandi16
Hojai58
Jorhat11
Kamrup20
Kamrup Metro193
KarbiAnglong11
Karimganj36
Kokrajhar3
Lakhimpur28
Majuli1
Nagaon40
Nalbari18
Sivasagar8
Sonitpur19
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia11
Udalguri4
West KarbiAnglong0

781 165

690 140

87 25

4

DistrictCases
East District0
North District0
South District1
West District0

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases
Buxar134
Gaya58
Munger152
Patna218
Rohtas256
Arwal44
Aurangabad55
Banka83
Begusarai122
Bhagalpur112
Bhojpur69
Darbhanga65
Gopalganj90
Jehanabad143
Kaimur (bhabua)59
Lakhisarai41
Madhepura57
Madhubani166
Nalanda94
Nawada60
PurbiChamparan87
Purnia36
Saran47
Siwan63
Vaishali69
Araria15
Jamui35
Katihar110
Khagaria124
Kishanganj17
Muzaffarpur51
Pashchim Champaran48
Saharsa51
Samastipur80
Sheikhpura69
Sheohar7
Sitamarhi48
Supaul43

3061 78

1963

1083 183

15 2

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North565
24 Paraganas South148
Darjeeling15
Howrah979
Jalpaiguri11
Kalimpong7
Kolkata1903
Maldah140
Medinipur East82
Medinipur West32
Hooghly262
Murshidabad78
Nadia60
Paschim Bardhaman47
Purba Bardhaman74
Alipurduar6
Bankura24
Birbhum86
Coochbehar7
Dinajpur Dakshin7
Dinajpur Uttar122
Jhargram9
Purulia11

4192 183

2325 85

1578 92

289 6

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

33

0

33

0

DistrictCases
Pondicherry47
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

46

34

12

0

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang0
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang0
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit1
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai0
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare2
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang0
Tirap0
Upper Siang0
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang0

2

1

1

0

DistrictCases
Dimapur3
Kiphire0
Kohima0
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon0
Peren0
Phek0
Tuensang2
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

4

4

0

0

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli3

2

2

0

0

DistrictCases
Ranchi137
Bokaro17
Deoghar5
Dhanbad16
Garhwa56
Giridih17
Hazaribagh55
Jamtara3
Koderma32
Simdega10
Chatra1
Dumka3
East Singhbum34
Godda2
Gumla18
Khunti3
Latehar10
Lohardaga4
Pakur4
Palamu19
Ramgarh15
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan4
West Singhbhum15

448 22

259 12

185 10

4

DistrictCases
Gomati28
North Tripura7
Dhalai171
Khowai13
Sepahijala9
South Tripura6
Unakoti2
West Tripura10

230 23

65 23

165

0

DistrictCases
Kargil43
LehLadakh33

53

10

43

0

DistrictCases
Anantnag253
Bandipora140
Shopian107
Srinagar196
Baramulla130
Budgam70
Ganderbal27
Jammu53
Kathua30
Kulgam180
Kupwara138
Rajouri14
Ramban66
Reasi14
Samba9
Udhampur38
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda2
Kishtwar4
Poonch5
Pulwama40

1921 162

1041 139

854 21

26 2

DistrictCases
Chamba20
Hamirpur93
Kangra65
Sirmaur4
Solan24
Una32
Bilaspur18
Kinnaur0
Kullu1
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi12
Shimla8

273 26

198 23

70 3

5

DistrictCases
Jalandhar263
Ludhiana245
Patiala123
Amritsar372
Barnala23
Faridkot71
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur143
Hoshiarpur116
Kapurthala41
Mansa27
Moga63
Pathankot46
S.A.S Nagar116
Sangrur105
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)95
Sri Muktsar Sahib68
Tarn Taran174
Bathinda48
Fatehgarh Sahib46
Fazilka50
Rupnagar (Ropar)63

2139 33

181 33

1918

40

DistrictCases
Haridwar34
Dehradun90
Nainital139
Almora23
Bageshwar9
Chamoli14
Champawat10
PauriGarhwal17
Pithoragarh21
Rudraprayag15
Tehri Garhwal61
Udam Singh Nagar56
Uttar Kashi10

469 68

386 53

79 15

4

DistrictCases
Bishnupur0
Chandel2
Churachandpur20
Imphal East4
Imphal West6
Jiribam0
Kakching0
Kamjong3
Kangpokpi2
Noney0
Pherzawl0
Senapati1
Tamenglong0
Tengnoupal2
Thoubal1
Ukhrul0

44 5

40 5

4

0

DistrictCases
Chandigarh284

279 13

88 13

187

4

DistrictCases
Daman0
Diu0

0

0

0

0

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills18
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
North Garo Hills1
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills0
West Khasi Hills0

20 5

7 5

12

1

DistrictCases
Aizawl1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib0
Lawngtlai0
Lunglei0
Mamit0
Saiha0
Saitual0
Serchhip0

1

0

1

0

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0

0

0

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