India conducts over 1 million Covid-19 tests in a day

New Delhi (NVI): India has crossed the milestone of one million COVID-19 tests, with 10,23,836 tests conducted in a single day, the Union Health Ministry said.

“India has conducted 1 million tests in the past 24 hours. With 10,23,836 tests done yesterday, India has achieved its resolve to test 10 lakh samples daily,” the Ministry said in a statement.

It added that, early identification through testing, prompt and effective treatment through supervised home isolation and quality medical care, and innovative graded policy measures have resulted in almost 100 percent increase in recovered cases in the last 21 days.

The ministry also informed, there has been a 100 per cent increase in recovered cases in the last 21 days, while 10,94,374 patients had recovered on August 1, the number of recoveries till August 21 stood at 21,58,946 in the country.

Meanwhile, the number of daily tests has been increasing in a steep climb, the ministry said, adding that, the average daily tests during the past three weeks also strongly depict the progress made in enhancement of COVID-19 tests across the country.

“Although higher number of tests will initially lead to a rise in the positivity rate, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, efficient tracking, and timely effective and clinical management,” the ministry said.

India currently has network of 1,511 labs comprising 983 labs in the government sector and 528 private labs.

So far, the recovery rate in the country stands at 74.28 percent, while the case fatality rate (CFR) is on a continuous positive slide and currently stands at 1.89 percent, the ministry noted.

-RJV