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COVID-19: India ramps up testing in hotspot areas as cases nears 6,000 mark

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Coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc across the country and there is no visible sign, indicating the end of the crisis anytime soon. But the positive insight is the Centre with active support from State Governments and private bodies is going out of its way to take the bull by horn.

As COVID-19 cases are on the rise, India has identified hotspot areas across the country and ramped up testing facilities among symptomatic people in these zones.

While the nation is heading towards the end of the 21-day lockdown period, more and more states are announcing Covid-19 hotspots with affected districts. These hotspots are being sealed and sanitised along with door-to-door screening for symptoms.

As per a India Today report, ICMR, which earlier allowed testing of symptomatic people with international travel history or contact history, has now widened the ambit to include residents of hotspots to check any possible community transmission in areas where positive cases have been reported.

Report says 13,345 tests were conducted on Wednesday, the highest for a single day. It was 11,795 a day earlier. The testing numbers have been growing steadily with the national average at 82.6 per million.

So far, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana’s Gurugram, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Kerala have identified and sealed Covid-19 containment zones. Bengal has also assembled a committee to identify similar hotspots.

As per the official data, the total number of positive coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 5,865 with 169 deaths – 20 more from last night. As per the government, 478 people have been discharged after being cured.

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