New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) For the first time, a record number of more than 12 lakh Covid tests have been conducted in a single day. With 12,06,806 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, the cumulative tests have touched 6,36,61,060. India’s daily testing numbers are one of the highest in the world, an official release here said.
This strongly demonstrates an exponential increase Covid-19 testing infrastructure in the country. From conducting merely 10,000 tests a day on April 8, the daily average the country’s testing capacities have multiplied manifold and crossed 12 lakh on Saturday.
In fact, the last one crore tests were conducted in merely nine days. Expanded diagnostic lab network and facilitation for easy testing across the country have given a sharp boost to the enhanced testing numbers. Tests Per Million (TPM) have been boosted to 46,131.
India has performed remarkably on fulfilling WHO’s advise of 140 tests/day/ million population. In another achievement, 35 States/UTs have crossed the advised number of tests. A prominent determinant of the strengthened testing numbers is the steadily widening diagnostic lab network in the country. This has grown to 1,773 labs oN Sunday, including 1,061 labs in the government sector and 712 private labs. There are 902 Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: (475 Government and 427 private), 746 TrueNat based testing labs (552 Government and 194 private) and 125 CBNAAT based testing labs ( 34 Government and 91 private).