With over eight lakh samples for six days in a row, India total tally of testing have mounted to3.52 crore, Centre said recently, adding the average daily positivity rate has come down from 9.67 per cent during August 3-9 to 7.67 pc over the last week.
So far, 3,52,92,220 samples have been tested for detection of COVID-19 with 8,01,147 being tested on Saturday.
The steep rise in testing is a result of effective implementation of the aggressive testing strategy of the Centre through a focussed and graded approach, the ministry said.
“The rising average daily tests during the past three weeks present a strong depiction of the progress made in the enhancement of COVID-19 tests across the country. The rise in daily testing has been followed by a decrease in the average daily positivity rate,” the health ministry was quoted saying by a PTI report.
Keeping a sharp focus on the ”test, track and treat” policy, tests per million population have seen a boost, touching 25,574 as on date.
“It is only by aggressive testing that positive cases can be identified, their contacts tracked in a timely manner and promptly isolated, as well as the severe and critical patients provided the needed clinical treatment,” the ministry said.
With a daily intake of more than 60,000, India’s total caseload has reached to around 31 lakh. A total of 56,706 have lost their lives.