Unprecedented surge in daily testings, crosses 11 lakh in a day

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India has witnessed an unprecedented surge in its daily testings with crossing more than 10 lakh tests per day mark for the last two days.

Over 11,72,179 tests were done in the last 24 hours taking the total number of tests done to more than 4,55,09,380. Out of which Telangana alone accounted for 59,711 tests in a single day yesterday taking the total tests conducted so far to 15,42,978.

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This demonstrates an exponential increase in the daily COVID-19 testing in the country. From conducting merely 10 tests per day on 30th January, the daily average has crossed more than 11 lakhs today.

India’s daily testing numbers are one of the highest in the world. Such high levels of testing on a sustained basis over a period of time in widespread areas enables early diagnosis, and in turn facilitates seamless isolation and effective hospitalisation. This eventually leads to a lower mortality rate. Higher numbers of testing also subsequently result in lowered positivity rate. 

This surge in testing has been made possible by an equally speedy expansion in the testing lab network across the country. India has today 1623 labs in the country, 1022 labs in the government sector and 601 in the private sector. These include:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 823 (Govt: 465 + Private: 358)

• TrueNat based testing labs: 678 (Govt: 523 + Private: 155)

• CBNAAT based testing labs: 122 (Govt: 34 + Private: 88)

The testing capacity was augmented gradually with RT-PCR is the gold standard test in the phase-1 covering urban areas, followed by Molecular assays with short turn-around-time at the district level in the second phase. In phase-3, Antigen tests are recommended in containment zones and hospital tests where no molecular tests are available.

In case of any queries on COVID-19, please call at the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare helpline no.: +91-11-23978046 or 1075 (Toll-free). List of helpline numbers of States/UTs on COVID-19 is also available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf

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