In anti-Covid fight, India conducts 3.6 cr tests

New Delhi: A key component in India’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been early identification of the positive cases by timely and aggressive testing. Prompt identification and isolation, synced with efficient treatment, have led to the rising number of recoveries and low and declining mortality.

India has so far conducted 3,59,02,137 tests. With 6,09,917 tests in the last 24 hours, India is pushing on its resolved drive to increase its testing capacity.

Easy access to testing through expanded diagnostic lab network across the country has given a substantial boost to these numbers. As a result of these focused actions, the Tests Per Million (TPM) have seen a sharp increase to 26,016. The TPM continues to maintain a constant upward trend.

India has also seen a rise in the tests per million per day, as advised by WHO in its Guidance Note on “Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of Covid-19”. WHO has advised that a country needs 140 tests/day/ million population as a measure for comprehensive surveillance for suspected Covid-19 cases.

India’s total recoveries cross the 23 lakh-mark

With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), India’s Covid-19 total recoveries have crossed 23 lakh on Monday.

The recovery of 23,38,035 patients has been made possible because of effective implementation of the policy of TESTING aggressively, TRACKING comprehensively through surveillance and contact tracing & TREATING efficiently. Focus on Standard of Care protocol, including use of non-invasive oxygen, better skilled doctors in the ICUs and hospitals, and improved ambulance services have led to improved recovery rate among the severe and critical COVID patients.

Those in home isolation, being medically supervised and monitored, are also recovering at a fast pace.

With the recovery of 57,469 cases in the last 24 hours, India’s recovery rate amongst Covid-19 patients has crossed 75% (75.27%), reflecting that the number of patients recovering is on a steady rise over the past several months.

The diagnostic lab network in the country has significantly grown to 1,520 labs, including 984 labs in the government sector and 536 private labs. These include:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 785 (Govt: 459 + Private: 326)

• TrueNat based testing labs: 617 (Govt: 491 + Private: 126)

• CBNAAT based testing labs: 118 (Govt: 34 + Private: 84)

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