600k tests on Sun­day, low­est in 2 weeks

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - News - Rhythma Kaul

NEW DELHI: In­dia’s daily test­ing for the coro­n­avirus dis­ease (Covid-19) dropped sharply on Sun­day, as 609,917 tests were con­ducted, the low­est in two weeks, ac­cord­ing to data from the Union min­istry of health and fam­ily wel­fare. The daily test­ing count was around 200,000 fewer than that of the pre­vi­ous day.

Sun­day’s was the low­est test count since Au­gust 10, when 477,027 tests were con­ducted.

Sun­day’s num­bers are what In­dia was test­ing around first week of Au­gust, when about 550,00-600,000 tests were per­formed in a day. On Satur­day, 801,147 tests were con­ducted across 1,515 In­dian Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Re­search (Icmr)-ap­proved lab­o­ra­to­ries in the coun­try. Last Fri­day, In­dia had achieved a mile­stone, when it had con­ducted a mil­lion tests. On av­er­age, the coun­try has been con­duct­ing 850,000 tests per day over the past week.

ICMR of­fi­cials said that dur­ing week­ends the num­ber of swab sam­ples that ar­rive for test­ing is usu­ally lower, but the ris­ing av­er­age daily tests in the past three weeks are a pointer to­wards progress be­ing made in the ag­gres­sive test­ing mech­a­nism put in place across the coun­try.

“On week­ends and public hol­i­days, the num­ber of sam­ples get­ting tested usu­ally goes down a bit. There could be sev­eral rea­sons, in­clud­ing fewer swab sam­ples be­ing col­lected and re­duced work shifts of lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cians. It doesn’t mean that the coun­try’s test­ing ca­pac­ity has re­duced. The daily test­ing count is only go­ing to in­crease from here on,” said an ICMR of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

In­dia, which had con­ducted its first Covid-19 test on Jan­uary 23 at ICMR’S Na­tional In­sti­tute of Virol­ogy in Pune, has con­ducted 3,590,213 tests till date.

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