New Delhi: India inched closer to reaching the 10 lakh tests mark, conducting 9,18,470 Covid-19 tests in the past 24 hours.
India was poised to see an exponential increase towards its resolve of testing 10 lakh samples daily as for the first time, more than 9 lakh Covid tests have been conducted in a single day on Wednesday, an official release here said.
With this, the cumulative tests are more than 3.25 crore — 3,26,61,252.
Expanded diagnostic lab network across the country and effective measures to facilitate easy testing have given a substantial boost to the present numbers. As a result the Tests Per Million (TPM) have seen a sharp increase to 23,668 and is maintaining an upward trend.
As the national average falls below 8 per cent, there are 26 states that are reporting lower rates than the national average.
A steady rise in the national network of diagnostic labs has been seen. With 977 labs in the government sector and 517 private labs, the lab infrastructure has been enhanced to 1,494 labs today. These include 764 Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs (453 Government and 311 private), 611 TrueNat based testing labs (490 Government and 121 private) and 119 CBNAAT based testing labs (34 Government and 85 private).
With constantly increasing testing numbers, there has been a commensurate fall in the positivity rate. Although higher number of tests will push the positivity rate initially, but as the experience from several states has amply depicted, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, effective tracking and timely clinical management