India sets a new landmark, exceeds 3 crore tests

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India has set a new landmark of conducting 3 crore tests and reaching recovery rates up to 72%. Expanded diagnostic lab network and facilitation for easy testing across the country have given a substantial boost.

With 7,31,697 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, India is on its resolved drive to increase its testing capacity to 10 lakh tests daily. Building on this achievement, the Tests Per Million (TPM) have seen a sharp increase to 21,769.

While the cumulative testing rose from 1.2 crores on July 14, 2020, to 3 crores on 16th August 16, 2020, the positivity rate has seen a rise from 7.5% to 8.81% in the same period. Although a higher number of tests will push the positivity rate initially, the Delhi experience has amply shown, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, tracking and timely clinical management.

Aggressive TESTING leads to early identification and isolation of COVID19 positive cases. This coupled with efficient clinical treatment brings the Fatality Rate down. Thus, enhanced and timely TESTING is not only keeping the Positivity Rate low but also the Fatality Rate low.

A prominent determinant of the evolving testing strategy is the steadily widening diagnostic lab network in the country. This has significantly grown from one lab at Pune in early January 2020 to 1470 today, including 969 labs in the government sector and 501 private labs. These include:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 754 (Govt: 450 + Private: 304)

• TrueNat based testing labs: 599 (Govt: 485 + Private: 114)

• CBNAAT based testing labs: 117 (Govt: 34 + Private: 83)

Meanwhile, the country registered the highest single-day recoveries with as many as 57,584 COVID-19 patients getting cured and discharged in the last 24 hours. This has indicated that recovery rate crossing its 72% milestone.