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Covid-19: India tests more than 10 lakh people in a day

Covid-19: India tests more than 10 lakh people in a day

With 10,23,836 tests done Friday, India has achieved its resolve to test 10 lakh samples daily.

The number of cumulative tests done now stand at more than 3.4 crore (3,44,91,073).

"Keeping to its promise of exponentially increasing the daily Covid tests to 10 lakhs, India has crossed the significant milestone in its fight against Coronavirus," the health ministry announced Saturday.

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The number of daily tests has been increasing in a steep climb. Average daily tests during the past three weeks also strongly depict the progress made in enhancement of Covid-19 tests across the country.

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As has been reported from states/UTs that have pushed ahead with aggressive testing, there is a commensurate decline in the positivity rate. Although higher number of tests will initially lead to a rise in the positivity rate, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, efficient tracking, and timely effective and clinical management.

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Enhanced diagnostic lab network has also sided in this achievement. Today, the country has a strong network of 1511 labs comprising 983 labs in the government sector and 528 private labs.

These include:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 778 (Govt: 458 + Private: 320)

• TrueNat based testing labs: 615 (Govt: 491 + Private: 124)

• CBNAAT based testing labs: 118 (Govt: 34 + Private: 84)

Combined with enhanced testing, policy decisions of the centre and the states/UTs have facilitated easy testing across the country. This has boosted the daily testing capacity..