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Fight Against COVID-19: Tests To Soon Touch 1 Crore; 1,065 Testing Labs Across India, Says Union Health Ministry

According to the Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, over 90,500 COVID-19 tests have been conducted as of now and there are now 1,065 testing labs in the country

Fight Against COVID-19: Tests To Soon Touch 1 Crore; 1,065 Testing Labs Across India, Says Union Health Ministry
Highlights
  • India has 768 in the public sector testing labs and 297 private labs
  • Till July 2, India has conducted 90,56,173 tests for Coronavirus
  • On July 2, 2,29,588 people got tested for COVID-19: Ministry of Health

New Delhi: With an aim to enhance the ‘Test-Track-Treat’ strategy of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), many steps have been taken by the central government and state governments across the country. These steps include ramping up of testing by states and efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for removing bottlenecks like mandatory prescription from government doctors in many states among others. It is the result of these steps that the country is about to touch one crore mark in the total number of people tested for COVID-19, according to the Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Also Read: COVID-19 Testing Capacity Reaches 3 Lakhs Samples A Day: Health Ministry

Dr Harsh Vardhan shared via his social media account that the diagnostic testing network is expanding very fast and there are now 1065 testing labs in the country. He said in a tweet,

As on date, 90,56,173 tests have been conducted in the country. In the last 24 hours, as many as 2,29,588 people got tested for COVID-19. There are now 1,065 testing labs in the country comprising 768 in the public sector and 297 private labs.

The officials of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the daily testing capacity is also growing rapidly across the country, adding that it was around 1.5 lakh per day on May 25 and has gone up to more than three lakh per day now. To further improve this, Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and ICMR director general Dr Balram Bhargava wrote a letter to the states and union territories on July 1 saying that COVID-19 testing can now be done on the prescription of any registered practitioner, and not exclusively a government doctor. The Centre has strongly advised States/UTs to take immediate steps to facilitate testing at the earliest by enabling all qualified medical practitioners, including private practitioners, to prescribe COVID test to any individual fulfilling the criteria for testing as per ICMR guidelines.

Also Read: 16,618 Samples Collected For COVID Testing In Delhi On June 15-16: Ministry of Home Affairs

 

ICMR has strongly recommended that laboratories should be free to test any individual in accordance to the ICMR guidelines and State authorities must not restrict an individual from getting tested, as early testing will help in containing the virus and saving lives.

The Government of India has urged states to ramp up testing in a big way by using Rapid Antigen Point-of-Care tests in addition to real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test, which is the gold standard for diagnosis of COVlD-19. The RT-PCR test uses the swabs from patients taken from the nose or throat and determines the actual presence of the coronavirus and if a person is currently infected. A rapid antibody test, on the other hand, requires the patient’s blood sample and can only detect antibodies produced in response to the infectious which generally arise after four days to more than a week after infection. The ministry said that the Rapid Antigen test is quick, simple, safe and can be used in containment zones as well as hospitals, as per criteria specified by ICMR for testing. The Centre has also asked states/UTs are to facilitate testing in a big way by the adoption of ‘campaign mode’ by organizing testing camps, using mobile vans etc. The ministry said,

This shall effectively take COVID-19 tests to the people’s doorsteps in high incidence areas to collect samples of all symptomatic individuals as well as their contacts, and get those samples tested by using rapid antigen tests.

While addressing the media on Thursday (July 2), Minister Vardhan said,

There is no need for people to panic. In a country of over 135 crore people, six lakhs people have contracted coronavirus. Out of these 6 lakh people, 3.6 lakh people have recovered and gone home. Most of the patients are in a position to recover and go home. The death rate is the lowest in the world at 2.94 percent. There is nothing to panic.

Dr. Vardhan further added that the country’s COVID-19 recovery rate has reached almost 60 percent and the doubling rate has reached 21-22 days.

India’s COVID-19 tally breached the 6 lakh cases mark today (July 2) with 19,148 new coronavirus cases being reported in the last 24 hours, as per the data by the MoHFW. The total cases now stand at 604,641 of which there are 226,947 active cases while 359,860 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated. Around 434 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours taking the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country to 17,834.

Also Read: Over 2 Lakh COVID-19 Tests Done In Last 24 Hours, India Has 1,000 Testing Labs: Indian Council of Medical Research

World

26,58,63,058Cases
22,65,37,591Active
3,40,69,608Recovered
52,55,859Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,58,63,058 and 52,55,859 have died; 22,65,37,591 are active cases and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 5:12 am.

India

3,46,41,561 8,306Cases
98,416739Active
3,40,69,608 8,834Recovered
4,73,537 211Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,41,561 confirmed cases including 4,73,537 deaths. The number of active cases is 98,416 and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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