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Covid-19 tests in India near 7-crore mark; positivity rate at 8.4%

Covid-19 tests in India

In an endeavour to combat COVID-19, the government has ramped up testing infrastructure, leading to increase in the daily number of testing figure. With 14,92,409 tests in a span of 24 hours, India’s tally of total tests has mounted to nearly 7 crore.

As per the official figure provided by the Union Health ministry the national cumulative positivity rate stands at 8.44 per cent. This exponential surge in the daily testing capacities strongly demonstrates the determined escalation of the testing infrastructure in the country, the ministry said.

“Evidence has revealed that higher numbers of testing subsequently leads to lowered positivity rate. States that are testing the highest numbers are also reporting a gradual decline in the positivity rate,” the ministry was quoted saying by a PTI report.

“India has scaled a historic peak in the fight against COVID-19. In a landmark achievement, for the first time, a record high number of nearly 15 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted in a single day taking the cumulative tests conducted so far to 6,89,28,440,” it said.

With the expansion of testing infrastructure, the daily testing by states and UTs has also increased. As many as 23 states and UTs including Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Punjab and Telangana have better tests per million than the national average (49,948).

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As reiterated by the prime minister while reviewing the status and preparedness of seven states and UTs with high burden of caseload recently, testing forms an integral pillar of COVID-19 response and management.

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