ICMR says over 3.2 lakh COVID-19 tests conducted on 14 July; highest single-day figure so far
According to to the medical research body, India's daily testing capacity has increased from 1.5 lakhs on 25 May to nearly 4 lakhs now
New Delhi: More than 3,20,000 samples were tested for coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest so far in a day, taking the cumulative number of tests conducted in the country till 14 July to 1,24,12,664, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) officials said.
According to the Union health ministry, the testing per million for India is consistently rising and has touched 8994.7 on Wednesday.
"A cumulative total of 1,24,12,664 samples have been tested up to 14 July. A total of 3,20,161 samples were tested on Tuesday, the highest so far conducted in a day," scientist and media coordinator at the ICMR, Dr Lokesh Sharma, said.
The per day testing capacity, which was around 1,50,000 on 25 May, is nearly 4,00,000 per day now, Sharma informed.
India registered a record single-day jump of 29,429 COVID-19 cases pushing its tally to 9,36,181 on Wednesday, while the toll climbed to 24,309 with 582 new fatalities, according to Health Ministry data.
The WHO in its 'Guidance Note on Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of COVID-19' has advised comprehensive surveillance and testing for suspected cases.
While explaining the concept of comprehensive surveillance and testing of suspect cases, the WHO advised that a country needs to conduct 140 tests per day per million population, the ministry said.
As many as 22 states are doing more than 140 COVID-19 tests per day per million in line with comprehensive testing guidance note by the WHO, said the Health Ministry, while advising the remaining states and UTs to increase testing to match the WHO advised levels, the ministry said.
One of the factors strongly aiding the increasing numbers of COVID-19 tests in the country is the steadily growing network of labs for testing of COVID-19. With 865 labs in the government sector and 358 private labs, the total number of testing labs is 1223, as on date.
In addition to the gold standard for test, RT PCR, TrueNat and CBNAAT are also used to augment this facility, it said.
The expansion of laboratory capacity has seen exponential increase from one lab in January 2020 to 121 labs in March 2020 and to 1223 labs today, the ministry said.
Among the states and UTs, Goa tops the list with 1,058 tests per day per million people followed by Delhi with 978, Tamil Nadu with 563, Assam with 310, Karnataka 297, Madhya Pradesh 249, Jharkhand 242, Rajasthan 235, Maharashtra 198 tests per day per million population respectively.
The active cases comprise 0.10 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 98.71 per cent.
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