Crossing a crucial milestone in the battle against COVID-19, a record number of over 12 lakh tests were conducted in the country for the detection of the disease in a span of 24 hours, taking the total number of such tests performed so far to more than 6.36 crore (6,36,61,060), the Centre said on Sunday.
This strongly demonstrates a substantial strengthening of the COVID-19 testing infrastructure in the country, the Health Ministry said, underlining that India’s daily testing numbers are among the highest in the world.
From conducting merely 10,000 tests per day on April 8, the average daily number has crossed 12 lakh with 12,06,806 tests conducted on Saturday.
The last one crore tests were conducted in merely nine days and the Tests Per Million (TPM) have been boosted to 46,131, the ministry highlighted.
“Higher testing leads to early identification of positive cases and a timely and effective treatment. This eventually leads to a lower mortality rate,” it said.
As evidence has revealed, higher numbers of testing also result in a lowered positivity rate, it added.
The sharp decline in the daily positivity rate has demonstrated that the rate of spread of the infection is being contained, the ministry underscored. – PTI