Centre plans to establish COVID testing facility in every district of India

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NEW DELHI | JULY 28, 2020:

The Government of India is contemplating establishing a COVID testing facility in every district of the country.

This was disclosed by Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan during a launch ceremony of high throughput testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai, and Kolkata on Monday, July 27.

According to Vardhan, three facilities will be able to test more than 10,000 COVID samples every day.

Applauding the role of the government under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in adopting a preemptive approach towards containment of COVID-19, the Union Health Minister said, 97 percent of the country today has easy access to the testing facility.

He informed that starting from just one testing facility in Pune, Maharashtra only six months ago, the country has now more than 1,300 such testing facilities.

Vardhan informed that Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) started validation centres at 24 places in the country for granting easy and speedy approvals to novel testing and treating techniques.

On the significance of testing to contain the pandemic, the Union Minister said, the situation in the National Capital has been brought under control after increasing the testing numbers.