‘At 1,392, Punjab’s testing per million better than national average’
CHANDIGARH : Punjab health and family welfare minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Wednesday said the testing per million for Covid-19 in Punjab has now risen to 1,392 per day, which is higher than the national average of 1,243.
In a statement, Sidhu also said the state has conducted a total of 41,849 tests till May 13.
He said Punjab has followed an effective approach towards testing and formulated its strategy in consultation with experts from the state, the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Johns Hopkins University, US.
The minister said Punjab rapidly ramped up its testing rate by increasing its lab capacities.
The state, he said, plans to commence testing at four state government labs -- Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar; Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana; Punjab Biotech Incubator, Mohali; and State Forensic Science Laboratory, Mohali.
Besides, labs are also being set up at four central government institutions -- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali; National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali; National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI); and Panjab University, Chandigarh, he added.