New high: India records over 9 lakh Covid tests in a day

New Delhi: On a steady rise, India has scaled a new peak in daily testing against the Covid virus. For the first time, more than 9 lakh Covid tests were conducted in a single day on Thursday.

With 9,18,470 Covid-19 tests done in the last 24 hours, India is poised to see an exponential increase towards its resolve of testing 10 lakh samples daily. With this achievement, the cumulative tests are more than 3.25 crore (3,26,61,252).

Expanded diagnostic lab network across the country and effective measures to facilitate easy testing have given a substantial boost to the present numbers. As a result of these focused actions, the Tests Per Million (TPM) have seen a sharp increase to 23,668. The TPM continues to maintain the constant upward trend.

With constantly increasing testing numbers, there has been a commensurate fall in the positivity rate.

Although higher number of tests will push the positivity rate initially but as the experience from several States/UTs has amply depicted, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, effective tracking and timely clinical management.

As the national average falls below 8%, there are 26 States/UTs that are reporting lower rates than the national average. There has been a steady rise in the national network of diagnostic labs too. With 977 labs in the government sector and 517 private labs, the lab infrastructure has been enhanced to 1,494 labs today. These include:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 764 (Govt: 453 + Private: 311)

• TrueNat based testing labs: 611 (Govt: 490 + Private: 121)

• CBNAAT based testing labs: 119 (Govt: 34 + Private: 85)

For all authentic & updated information on Covid-19 related technical issues, guidelines & advisories please regularly visit: and @MoHFW_INDIA

Technical queries related to COVID-19 may be sent to and other queries on and @CovidIndiaSeva

In case of any queries on Covid-19, dial the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare helpline no.: +91-11-23978046 or 1075 (Toll-free). List of helpline numbers of States/UTs on Covid-19