India at 100k tests a day, says health minister Harsh Vardhan

As the number of coronavirus disease cases spurted in recent weeks, India has scaled up its Covid-19 testing capacity to 100,000 samples a day, which is nearly three weeks earlier than the Union health ministry's initial May-end target.

'…the testing capacity has increased in the country and it is 1 00,000 tests per day with 347 Government laboratories and 137 private laboratories. Cumulatively, 17, 62,840 tests have been done so far for Covid-19. Whereas, 86,191 samples were tested yesterday,' health minister Harsh Vardhan said in a statement on Tuesday.

In the past 14 days, the number of cases have doubled every 10.9 days, and improved to 12.2 in the past three days. The fatality rate is 3.2%, and recovery rate 31.74%, which is better than the many other Covid-19-hit countries. The global fatality rate is around 7-7.5%. As of Monday, 2.37% of active Covid-19 patients were undergoing treatment in intensive care units (ICUs), 0.41% patients were critical and on ventilators, and 1.82% were on oxygen support.

The states have been directed to ramp up surveillance for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) / Influenza Like Illness (ILI) in the affected and non-affected districts, and take the help of government medical colleges if required.

'Such measures will help to indicate the presence of any possible hidden infection at an early stage thus helping in its timely containment,' the health minister said.

The ministry, along with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is also conducting a community-based sero-survey to estimate the prevalence of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, infection within households in 69 districts of 21 states.

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