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During the pandemic, one of the things that experts and policymakers have continued to rely on its accurate and trustworthy information about testing data. Though a recent India Express investigation has raised concerns about the extent to which accurate data is being collected.
The investigation found out how 6 primary health centres in Bihar had been fudging the COVID-19 testing data and bypassing basic protocols. In this episode, we talk to Santosh Singh, who conducted the investigation, about the major findings of the investigation, why the testing data was fudged, and the action the state government has taken since the investigation was first published.
We also talk to Amitabh Sinha, who has been extensively reporting on the COVID-19 numbers, about the concerns that this investigation raises, and whether it should change our understanding of Bihar’s COVID-19 situation.
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