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‘More than 1.5 crore Covid-19 samples tested so far’

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More than 1.5 crore COVID samples (1,54,28,170) have been tested, till now. In the last 24 hours 3,52,801 samples have been tested for COVID-19 identification, an official communiqué said.

This translates to 11179.83 tests per million (TPM) for India, which has seen a steady increase since the adoption of this strategy.

The rise in TPM has been achieved with a steady rise in the number of labs (1290 so far), and efforts by the Centre and State/UT governments to facilitate wide-spread testing through an array of options.

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The RT-PCR labs are the backbone of the latest testing strategy prescribed by ICMR. The number of labs in the public and private sectors are seeing a progressive enhancement. There are 897 labs in the government sector and 393 private labs. The details are as follows:

•           Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 653 (Govt: 399 + Private: 254)

•           TrueNat based testing labs: 530 (Govt: 466 + Private: 64)

•           CBNAAT based testing labs: 107 (Govt: 32 + Private: 75)

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