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India Has Conducted Over 20 Crore COVID-19 Tests Till Date: Health Ministry

Mumbai: India surpassed the cumulative COVID-19 tests on Saturday and set a record of Rs 20 crore. Out of a total of 24 crore tests, the country has conducted 7,40,794 tests in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported.

An official statement from the ministry said that the progressive nationwide expansion in testing infrastructure played a significant role in the growth of test numbers.

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The statement said that “With 2,369 testing laboratories in the country, including 1,214 government laboratories and 1,155 private laboratories, there has been a substantial increase in a daily testing capacity. The cumulative positivity rate is also decreasing and is currently pegged at 5.39 per cent.”

High levels of comprehensive testing on a continuous basis have resulted in a decrease in the national positivity rate. High daily testing combined with fewer daily cases has resulted in lower positivity rates.

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However, the country’s total active caseload continued to decline. It has reduced to less than 1.5 lakh (1,48,590) today and is the lowest in eight months. The current active caseload accounts for just 1.37 per cent of India’s total positive cases.

Every day has seen a steady and progressive increase in the number of vaccinated beneficiaries.

The ministry said that India is the fastest country to reach the five million mark in COVID-19 vaccination. This achievement was achieved in just 21 days. COVID-19 vaccination practise began over 60 days in many other countries.

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