India is continuously stepping up it’s COVID testing capacity. In the last 24 hours, nearly 9 lakh 25 thousand samples were tested taking the cumulative testing numbers till date to over 3 crore 85 lakh 76 thousand.
The positivity rate continues to record decline despite increased testing and stands at a weekly average of around 8 per cent of the total samples tested. Tests done per million of the population in the country has also scaled a new peak of being over 27 thousand.
The Union Health Ministry informed that the remarkable feat has been achieved by rigorously following the “Test, Track and Treat” strategy. The week-wise average daily tests conducted in the country has also witnessed a sharp increase from around 2.3 lakh in the first week of July to over 8 lakh in the current week.
Government said that the strong determinant of this milestone has been a sustained expansion of testing labs across the country. From merely one lab in January this year, the country today has 1 thousand 550 labs. Out of these, 993 are government labs while the remaining 557 are private.