Reduced testing means reduced cases

By S. Harrish

THE lower number of Covid-19 cases in the country is due to reduced testing as there has been no reduction in positivity rate.

Senior consultant paediatrician Dr Amar Singh HSS twitted that it does not make sense to report that daily case numbers are going down as the test numbers were not taken into account.

“Cases will come down if we test less. Test positivity remains high. Too little tests for a huge outbreak,” he said on twitter.

He said the test positivity rate remains high at a range of between 6.5% and 7.9% between May 29 and June 7.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also echoed Dr Amar’s comments saying he noticed that the number of tests had fallen from 125,000 to 80,000 yesterday.

“Despite this, the positivity rate, the number of intensive care units’ patients and the number of new clusters detected daily remain consistently high,” he said in a Facebook posting.

He hoped the government can explain this.