COVID-19 assessments in India cross one-crore mark

New Delhi, July 6

The whole variety of assessments for detection of COVID-19 crossed the one-crore mark in India on Monday, an ICMR official mentioned.

A single-day soar of 24,248 COVID-19 instances took India’s tally near the 7-lakh mark on Monday, whereas the loss of life toll because of the illness climbed to 19,693 with 425 new fatalities, in keeping with the Union Health Ministry.

“A cumulative total of 1,00,04,101 samples have been tested till 11 am on Monday with 1,80,596 samples being tested on July 5,” Scientist and media coordinator on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Lokesh Sharma mentioned.

There at the moment are 1,105 testing labs within the nation comprising 788 within the public sector and 317 personal labs. The per day testing capability can be quick rising, Sharma mentioned.

Around 2,00,000 samples have been examined on a median each day for the final 14 days, he mentioned.

India had crossed the 9 million-mark on July 1.

“The per day testing capacity which was around 1.5 lakh on May 25 is more than three lakh per day now,” Sharma mentioned.

Starting with one single laboratory on the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune and then increasing to 100 laboratories to start with of the lockdown, the ICMR on June 23 validated the 1000th testing laboratory.

Various steps taken by the central authorities have paved the best way for enhanced testing for COVID-19, the well being ministry had mentioned earlier.

The Centre has strongly suggested states and UTs to take instant steps to facilitate testing on the earliest by enabling all certified medical practitioners, together with personal practitioners, to prescribe COVID check to any particular person fulfilling the standards for testing as per the ICMR tips.

Reiterating that ‘Test-Track-Treat’ is the important thing technique for early detection and containment of the outbreak, the Centre final week suggested them to take all doable steps to make sure full capability utilization of all COVID-19 testing laboratories.       

States have been additionally requested to facilitate testing in a giant means by adoption of ‘campaign mode’ by organizing testing camps, utilizing cellular vans and so forth. 

This shall successfully take COVID-19 assessments to the folks’s doorsteps in excessive incidence areas to gather samples of all symptomatic people in addition to their contacts, and get these samples examined by utilizing speedy antigen assessments, the ministry had mentioned. —PTI


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