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Over 11 lakh 70 thousand COVID samples test done in last 24 hrs: Health Ministry

Updated: September 3, 2020 1:08 pm

India achieved the milestone of conducting highest number of COVID tests by testing over 11 lakh 72 thousand samples in the last 24 hours. The country is witnessing significant stepping up in it’s COVID testing capacity in the last 5 months. From just 160 labs testing Covid samples on 23rd of March this year, the country today has one thousand 623 labs. Out of these one thousand 22 are government labs while remaining 601 are private.

So far, with an overall testing figure of 4 crore 55 lakh 9 thousand 380, the nation has also been able to maintain a remarkably low positivity rate of around 8.5 per cent. Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh have recorded a positivity rate even lower than 5 per cent.  Health Ministry said that high levels of testing sustained over a period of time in widespread areas has enabled early diagnosis of cases and facilitated seamless isolation and hospitalisation. It said this has also led to low mortality rate.

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