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India conducts more than 4.23 cr COVID-19 tests, 43% of total cases recorded in three states

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India has registered 78,512 cases in the last 24 hours. Seven States — Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha are the states which have increased caseload.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India has exhibited determined resolve to expand the testing, which has led to an exponential hike of COVID-19 testing. Starting from a single test in one lab in Pune in January 2020, the daily testing capacity has been scaled up to more than 10 lakh in August 2020. The cumulative tests have crossed 4.23 cr today. 8,46,278 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

Maharashtra has contributed the maximum caseload amounting to almost 21 percent , followed by Andhra Pradesh 13.5 percent, Karnataka 11.27 percent and Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh stands at 8.27 percent. West Bengal with 3.85 percent , and Odisha with 3.84 , a statement from the MoHFW said.

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Of the total cumulative number of cases, 43% are recorded in just three states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. While Tamil Nadu has contributed 11.66% of the total cases.

Further the ministry added that the Union Government is regularly engaging with States/UTs that are reporting a spurt in cases and those with higher fatality rate. They have been advised to undertake aggressive measures to ensure higher testing, effective clinical management to lower fatality and save lives along with efficient monitoring at various levels.

The MoHFW shared helpline numbers on any queries on COVID-19, no.: +91-11-23978046 or 1075 (Toll-free). List of helpline numbers of States/UTs on COVID-19 is also available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf.

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