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India ramps up testing to three lakh samples/day – Home Health Choices

NEW DELHI: India has stepped up testing capability considerably for Covid-19 to a few lakh samples per day with a community of 907 laboratories — 659 within the authorities sector and relaxation personal labs — unfold throughout the nation.

At current, India is testing round 1.5 lakh samples on daily basis. In the final 24 hours until Tuesday morning, a complete of 1,54,935 samples have been examined. So far, the each day testing capability was 2 lakh samples a day.

To improve testing capability in Delhi, every of the 11 districts shall now have assigned labs for testing samples from the respective districts. The samples can be despatched to those labs to make sure well timed testing and getting the outcomes with none delay, the well being ministry stated.

Official sources stated the transfer comes after the intervention of house minister Amit Shah who has held conferences with ministers, officers and authorities from each the Centre and Delhi authorities to evaluate and enhance the state of affairs in Delhi within the wake of rising instances.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director General Balram Bhargava has additionally written to the well being ministry highlighting the necessity to ramp up testing for Covid-19 in containment zones and hospitals in Delhi. Higher testing can be wanted to verify not simply hotspots however can develop into a extra common exercise to verify the unfold of the disease.

“As discussed in the two high level meetings, it is critical to immediately augment Covid-19 testing capacity in containment zones of Delhi to prevent the spread of infection,” Bhargava wrote in a letter to well being secretary Preeti Sudan. TOI has reviewed the letter.

Currently there are 42 labs in Delhi with per day testing capability of about 17,000 samples.

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