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ICMR to scale up COVID-19 testing capacity to 4 lakh per day

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In order to combat COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is taking all steps to attain a capacity to conduct four lakh coronavirus tests per day, a government official said on Friday.

In an endevour to contain COVID-19, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is gearing up to scale up testing capacity. It is undertaking all possible measures to attain a capacity to conduct four lakh coronavirus tests per day, as per a government official.

According to a ANI report, a high level meeting of ICMR held on Friday where Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan lauded the 100 days of ICMR’ efforts in the fight against the pandemic. Vardhan holds the chair of the president of the apex medical research institute.

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“The governing body meeting entirely focused on COVID-19 pandemic. Talks were on to strengthen our testing capacity, strong surveillance of contact tracing and proper treatment to an infected person. ICMR is making all possible efforts to scale up testing capacity to four lakh each day,” the official was quoted saying by the report.

“Today, we have 1,000 laboratories (including private and government) which have ramped up our testing to at least 2.15 lakh per day. At the beginning of the pandemic, we were just able to do odd 100 tests per day,” added the official.

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