Over 10 lakh 26 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country in last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative testing figure has reached at around 14 crore 88 lakh. The Central Government and ICMR have scaled up the TESTING infrastructure in a calibrated manner. India’s testing capacity has touched 15 lakh per day ensuring easily accessible COVID-19 tests for all.
Health Ministry has said that very high levels of testing lead to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. It said, this also leads to low Fatality Rate. Higher volumes of testing have also ensured lower daily positivity rate which has recorded a steep decline to stand at merely 2.59 per cent. The country is undertaking almost 5 times the number of daily tests per million of the population as per the standards prescribed by WHO.
Starting from just one testing lab at National Institute of Virology, Pune, in January this year, the country today has two thousand 210 labs for testing Covid samples which includes one thousand 189 government and one thousand 21 private labs.