New Delhi: The Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Thursday (September 3, 2020) said that 11,72,179 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours to detect cases of coronavirus infection, taking the total number of COVID-19 tests done so far in the country to more than 4.5 crore.  

“India’s daily testing numbers are one of the highest in the world,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. Higher testing numbers subsequently result in lowered positivity rate, the Ministry said.

India has witnessed an unprecedented surge in testing. Over 11.7 lakh tests were done in 24 hours,” the Ministry said. From conducting merely 10 tests per day on January 30, the daily average has crossed more than 11 lakh, the Ministry said adding this demonstrates an exponential increase in the daily COVID-19 testing in the country.

“Such high levels of testing on a sustained basis over a period of time in widespread areas enables early diagnosis, and in turn facilitates seamless isolation and effective hospitalisation. This eventually leads to lower mortality rate. Higher numbers of testing also subsequently result in lowered positivity rate,” the Ministry said.

Importantly, India’s COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the disease has further dropped to 1.75 per cent as on date, while the national recovery rate has risen to 77.09 per cent.

There are 8,15,538 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 21.16 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The surge in testing has been made possible by an equally speedy expansion in the testing lab network across the country. India has, as on date, 1,623 labs in the country with 1,022 labs in the government sector and 601 private labs, the ministry said.

With a record single-day spike of 83,883 infections, India’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 38,53,406, while the death toll climbed to 67,376 with 1,043 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed. 

(With Agency Inputs)

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