32,695 Cases in India in 24 Hours for First Time, WHO advises 140 Tests/Day/Million population
India witnessed a record single-day jump of 32,695 COVID-19 cases on Thursday and the tally now stands at 9,68,876, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of deaths climbed to 24,915 with 606 new fatalities and this is the first time that COVID-19 cases crossed the 30,000-mark. In view of rising cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO), in its Guidance Note on “Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of COVID-19,” has advised comprehensive surveillance for suspected cases.
As per Union Health Ministry data, the number of recoveries stands at 6,12,815. Thus, around 63.25 per cent of patients have recovered so far. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 1,24,12,664 samples have been tested up to July 14 with 3,20,161 samples being tested on Tuesday.
Meanwhile explaining the concept of comprehensive surveillance and testing of suspect cases, WHO advises that a country needs 140 tests per day per million population. With the various coordinated efforts made by the Centre and the States/UTs, 22 States/UTs in India are already conducting 140 and more tests per day per million. States/UTs are being regularly advised to increase the testing capacity to match the WHO advised levels of testing.
One of the factors strongly aiding the increasing numbers of COVID-19 tests in the country is the steadily growing network of labs for testing of COVID-19. With 865 labs in the government sector and 358 private labs, the total number of testing labs is 1223, as on date. In addition to the gold standard for test, RT PCR, TrueNat and CBNAAT are also used to augment this facility.
• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 633 (Govt: 391 + Private: 242)
• TrueNat based testing labs: 491 (Govt: 439 + Private: 52)
• CBNAAT based testing labs: 99 (Govt: 35 + Private: 64)
The expansion of laboratory capacity has seen exponential increase from one lab in Jan 2020 to 121 labs in March 2020 and to 1223 labs today.