Record over 12 lakh COVID-19 assessments performed in 24 hours: Health ministry

New Delhi, September 20

Crossing an important milestone within the battle in opposition to COVID-19, a file variety of over 12 lakh assessments had been performed within the nation for the detection of the illness in a span of 24 hours, taking the overall variety of such assessments carried out to date to greater than 6.36 crore (6,36,61,060), the Centre stated on Sunday.

This strongly demonstrates a considerable strengthening of the COVID-19 testing infrastructure within the nation, the well being ministry stated, underlining that India’s each day testing numbers are among the many highest on this planet.

From conducting merely 10,000 assessments per day on April 8, the common each day quantity has crossed 12 lakh with 12,06,806 assessments performed on Saturday.

The final one crore assessments had been performed in merely 9 days and the Tests Per Million (TPM) have been boosted to 46,131, the ministry highlighted.

“Higher testing leads to early identification of positive cases and a timely and effective treatment. This eventually leads to a lower mortality rate,” it stated.

As proof has revealed, larger numbers of testing additionally lead to a lowered positivity charge, it added.

The sharp decline within the each day positivity charge has demonstrated that the speed of unfold of the an infection is being contained, the ministry underscored.

Higher testing varieties an integral a part of the “chase the virus” technique, which goals to catch each lacking particular person to curb the unfold of the an infection, it stated, including that the states have been suggested that each one symptomatic negatives of rapid-antigen assessments ought to mandatorily be subjected to RT-PCR testing.

The Centre’s insurance policies within the context of COVID-19 are constantly evolving. Following a number of measures to facilitate a wider testing by individuals, the federal government has lately supplied “testing on demand” for the primary time, the ministry stated.

The states and Union territories have additionally been given wider flexibilities to simplify the modalities to be able to allow larger ranges of testing.

The authorities has additionally allowed COVID-19 assessments to be performed on the prescription of any registered medical practitioner and never solely a authorities physician.

The Centre has strongly suggested the states and Union territories to take fast steps to facilitate testing on the earliest by enabling all certified medical practitioners, together with personal practitioners, to prescribe COVID assessments to any particular person fulfilling the standards for testing in accordance with the rules issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Expanding the community of diagnostic laboratories and facilitating straightforward testing throughout the nation have given a pointy increase to the improved testing numbers.

The nation has carried out remarkably on fulfilling the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of 140 assessments per day per 10-lakh inhabitants, the ministry stated.

In its Guidance Note on “Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of COVID-19”, the WHO has suggested this technique.  

“In another row of achievements, 35 states and Union territories have crossed the advised number of tests,” the ministry stated.

A outstanding determinant of the strengthened testing numbers is the steadily widening diagnostic laboratory community within the nation. This has grown to 1,773 laboratories—1,061 within the authorities sector and 712 personal ones—the ministry knowledgeable.

India’s COVID-19 caseload has mounted to 54,00,619 with 92,605 individuals testing constructive for the illness in a day, whereas the dying toll has climbed to 86,752 with the virus claiming 1,133 lives in a span of 24 hours, well being ministry’s knowledge up to date at Eight am confirmed. PTI

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