COVID Tests cross 1 crore milestone in India

In a significant achievement, the number of COVID tests has crossed the 10 million (1 crore) milestone. This signifies the importance accorded to widespread testing and the focused “Test, Trace, Treat” strategy with several follow-up measures taken in tandem by the Central government and the States/UTs. 

The cumulative number of samples tested, as of now is 1, 01, 35,525. This achievement has also been possible by the continuously expanding network of testing labs throughout the country. As on date, more than 1105 labs have enables people to undergo COVID tests. There are 788 labs in the government sector and 317 private labs. The various kinds of tests for COVID-19 and the labs providing these are as follows:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 592 (Govt: 368 + Private: 224)

• TrueNat based testing labs: 421 (Govt: 387 + Private: 34)

• CBNAAT based testing labs: 92 (Govt: 33 + Private: 59)

Consistent and focused efforts for containment and management of COVID-19 by Government of India along with the States/UTs have led to the number of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients rise to 4,24,432 as of today. During the last 24 hours, a total of 15,350 COVID-19 patients have been cured. There are 1,71,145 more recovered patients than COVID-19 active cases. This takes the national recovery rate amongst COVID-19 to 60.86%.

The national positivity rate of Covid-19 - the average rate of samples testing positive for the corona virus disease across the country - stands at 6.73 %, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  The ministry added that the central government had emphasized increasing testing, prompt contact tracing and timely clinical management of Covid-19 cases. The ministry said that with the help of effort undertaken by the central government, a big jump in Covid-19 testing in Delhi has been achieved while the positivity rate has gone down. 

The rate of positivity is an important marker in assessing the trend of an outbreak. According to Johns Hopkins University, the rate can provide insights into whether a community is conducting enough tests. “If a community’s positivity is high, it suggests that that community may largely be testing the sickest patients and possibly missing milder or asymptomatic cases,” it says. A lower positivity rate, on the other hand, may indicate testing of patients with milder or no symptoms.