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Scale up of COVID-19 testing, sero surveys: PM directs health officials

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Underscoring the need for continuous and rigorous scientific testing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed health authorities to scale up COVID-19 testing and sero-surveys.

Chairing a review meeting of the research and vaccine deployment ecosystem against the COVID-19 pandemic, the prime minister also called for continued vigilance and a high state of preparedness against the coronavirus pandemic, PM appreciated the efforts of Ministry of AYUSH for conducting evidence-based research and providing reliable solutions in this difficult time, an official statement said.

“The prime minister reiterated the the country”s resolve to provide cost-effective, easily available and scalable solutions for testing, vaccine and medication, not only for India but for the entire world,” it said.

At the meeting, also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, NITI Aayog Member (Health), Principal Scientific Advisor, senior scientists and other officials, Modi called for continued vigilance and a high state of preparedness against the pandemic.

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Modi also appreciated efforts made by Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers to rise to the COVID-19 challenge and committed to continue government facilitation and support for all such efforts.

The total COVID-19 case load climbed to 73.07 lakh on Thursday with 67,708 new cases in the last 24 hours. A total of 63,83,441 people have recuperated so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 87.35 per cent, as per the Union Health Ministry data.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,12,26,305 samples have been tested up to October 14 with 11,36,183 samples being tested on Wednesday.

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