India’s COVID-19 testing hits record


NEW DELHI | JULY 25, 2020:

The Union Health Ministry, on July 25, informed that the country has gradually ramped-up its testing capacity for COVID-19, and has conducted over 4.20 lakh tests per day – the highest ever.

India had only one lab for testing the disease back in January but the number has now increased to 1,301 including private labs.

The ministry informed that 1,58,49,068 tests for COVID-19 were done till July 24. India had done 3.50 lakh tests every day over the last week.

Meanwhile, with 4,20,898 samples tested in the past 24 hours, the Tests Per Million (TPM) has increased to 11,485 and continues to maintain an upward trend.

The ministry stated that the Union government has advised all the states and Union Territories government to keep up the 'Test, Track and Treat' strategy with aggressive testing.

This may lead to a higher number of positive cases but would eventually achieve a decline, as shown after the Central Government's targeted efforts in the NCT of Delhi.

However, with increased testing samples for COVID-19, the fatality rate has significantly dropped to 2.35 per cent on Saturday, July 25, and the recovery rate has surged to 63.54 per cent.

"India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world," the Health Ministry said.

The descending trend in the fatality rate indicates that the efforts of the Centre, State, and UT governments have checked the mortality.

A total of 8,49,431 COVID-19 patients have recovered. The number of recoveries exceeds active cases by 3,93,360.

However, with 48,916 fresh cases, India's COVID-19 tally zoomed past 13 lakh on Saturday, July 25, just two days after it crossed the 12-lakh mark, while the death toll mounted to 31,358.