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India Far Away From Peak In COVID19 Cases; Testing 1.2 Lakh Samples Daily: ICMR

Mumbai: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Tuesday that around 1.2 lakh samples are being tested daily for detection of COVID19 in the country and India is far from the peak of COVID19.

Nivedita Gupta, a scientist at ICMR said in a press conference that, “ICMR is focusing on increasing COVID-19 testing capacity. As of June 1, we have 681 laboratories that are approved for conducting COVID-19 tests — 476 government and 205 private labs. Today, we are conducting 1.20 lakh tests every day.”

While talking about community transmission of the virus she said, “Instead of the use of ‘community transmission’, we need to understand the extent of the spread of the disease. We are far from the peak. Our measures to curtail the disease are effective. India has been very good in the reduction of mortality.”

Nivedita said that ICMR is also using indigenous platforms for ramping up COVID19 testing capacity. Truenat screening and confirmatory tests have now been validated. The outreach of testing has hence been increased since this is available at primary health centres and districts too.

She further added that Indian RNA extraction kits are now available in good numbers by 11-12 indigenous vendors.

Nivedita said that ICMR is conducting a serological survey to assess the extent of the spread of COVID19 and almost 34000 people are being tested as a part of the survey.

Indian’s recovery rate in COVID19 cases is now 48.07% and the mortality rate is amongst the lowest in the world.

Also Read: COVID19 Recovery Rate In India Is 48.07, 3,708 Patient Cured In Last 24 hrs

According to India’s Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India reported 8,171 more COVID-19 cases and 204 deaths in the last 24 hours on Tuesday, as the country’s virus count is close to two lakh.

The total number of cases in the country now stands at 1,98,706, including 97,581 active cases, 95,527 cured / discharged / displaced and 5,598 deaths.

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