On Saturday (29/08/2020) India crossed a record upsurge of 4 crore testes with 9 lacks tests conducted in three consecutive days.
“India has come a long way from conducting just one test from the lab in Pune in January 2020 to crossing 4 crore tests milestone,” said an official of Ministry of Health and Family welfare. Starting from January 2020, around 4,04,06,609 people have been tested for COVID 19.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare also informed that it has successfully conducted tests on 9,28,761 people in the last 24 hours maintaining the capacity of 10 Lakhs testes per day.
“This has boosted the Tests Per Million (TPM) with a sharp increase to 29,280. As is seen in many States/UTs that have increased the testing, the positivity rate will eventually fall with higher levels of testing. The national positivity rate has remained low i.e. 8.57% and is constantly falling”, informed Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Expanded diagnostic lab network and facilitation for easy testing across the country through several policy measures have given a substantial boost to this upsurge in national testing rates. There are as many as 1576 labs in the country; 1002 labs in the government sector and 574 private labs. These include:
• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 806 (Govt: 462 + Private: 344)
• TrueNat based testing labs: 650 (Govt: 506 + Private: 144)
• CBNAAT based testing labs: 120 (Govt: 34 + Private: 86)
India is now ranked third followed by the USA and Brazil with 3.46 million cases and 62,550 deaths till now.