Testing gaps: Bihar to probe, Jharkhand calls for data check.


Health Minister Mangal Pandey said “legal action will be taken against those found responsible for the anomalies”. Bihar’s Principal Secretary (Health) Pratyaya Amrit called a meeting of the civil surgeons in charge of Jamui and Sheikhpura “to discuss course correction”. The Indian Express investigation focused on these two districts, and Patna.

Taking note of the findings, meanwhile, neighbouring Jharkhand issued a letter to all Deputy Commissioners in the state for “validation and audit” of testing data. The order directed all district-level teams to “randomly verify the identity of the patient tested for COVID-19 by matching key fields” such as mobile numbers and addresses.

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