India has conducted more than 10 million tests (1 crore) to diagnose COVID-19 so far, officials from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) said, as coronavirus cases rose to 6.97,413 in the country. In the last 24 hours, about 1,80,596 samples were analyzed on July 5 in the country, with a total of 1,00,04,101 samples analyzed to date, the official said.
A senior ICMR official said: “In the last 14 days, the average tests were 2.15 lakh (2.15.655) and in the last five days 1 million tests were performed respectively.”
In an effort to increase testing capacity, ICMR has approved over 1,105 COVID-19 testing laboratories in both the public (788) and private sectors (317). This includes RT-PCR labs (592); TrueNat Labs (421) and CBNAAT Labs (92).
“ICMR advises all interested state governments, public and private institutions to take the necessary steps to scale up testing for COVID-19. Since testing, monitoring and treatment is the only way to prevent the spread of infection and To save lives, it is imperative that testing should be widely available to all symptomatic people in all parts of the country and contact location mechanisms for infection containment are further strengthened, “said the latest ICMR advisory on strategies COVID-19.
Our testing capacity has been increased by more than 3 lakh per day through government and private laboratories, the official said.
So far, the number of COVID-19 tests conducted by the top five states that have increased their test speed include – Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. ICMR has recommended that all laboratories and hospitals initiating testing through the rapid antigen test need to ensure that all symptomatic negative patients are referred essentially to a real-time RT-PCR test for COVID-19.
ICMR recently wrote to all states and UT saying that all private laboratories in their areas that intend to initiate TrueNat / CBNAAT-based testing for COVID-19 must apply for NABL accreditation to ensure quality testing. India’s COVID-19 count approached the 7 lakh mark with 6.97,413 cases after 24,248 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are 2.53,287 active cases in the country, while 4.24,432 patients have been cured or discharged, while one patient has migrated. Up to 425 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours in the country due to COVID-19, bringing the number of patients who succumbed to the deadly virus to 19,693.