India has considerably ramped up COVID-19 testing amenities within the 115 days because the first take a look at on January 24 at Pune’s Nationwide Institute of Virology, scaling up from a “one lab, one take a look at” state of affairs at the beginning of the outbreak to 555 labs throughout 34 states/UTs conducting one lakh checks per day in Might.
There was a gentle improve in testing capability over that interval, beginning with solely 4 labs finishing up checks within the first week of February to 1,000 checks per day in March and one lakh checks every day checks this month.
Total, based on the ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Analysis, the nodal physique on this well being disaster), India has carried out over 25 lakh COVID-19 checks up to now.
Previously 60 days alone, India’s testing capability has elevated by 100 instances.
The spurt in testing comes even because the variety of coronavirus circumstances continues to rise; over 16,000 new circumstances have been reported within the final three days, with the every day case-count crossing 6,000 for the primary time on Thursday, based on Well being Ministry information launched this morning.
There are 1.18 lakh COVID-19 circumstances within the nation, with 3,583 deaths linked to the virus.
The info exhibiting improve in testing is a step in the fitting path but additionally exhibits that India stays nicely behind different international locations in testing their respective populations.
By way of checks per million of its inhabitants, India, (round 2,000 per million), ranks behind Spain (round 65,000), the US and Germany (each round 38,000) and France (round 21,000).
In March the World Well being Organisation (WHO) known as on all international locations to extend testing packages as the easiest way to sluggish the advance of the coronavirus pandemic. “Now we have a easy message to all international locations – take a look at, take a look at, take a look at,” WHO Director Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated.
The problem of testing India’s lakhs, unfold out throughout one of many largest international locations (by measurement) on this planet, for the novel coronavirus has been backed by the federal government distributing round 40 tonnes of testing supplies by way of 150 flights working beneath the “Mission Lifeline Udaan” scheme.
A community of 16 storage depots have been arrange throughout India to chop down on transit instances and counter doable logistical points and the hazard of labs working out of supplies.
The manufacturing of testing gear has additionally been ramped up, with three firms now manufacturing two lakh swabs per day. In the meantime, a non-public firm has manufactured 10 million RT-PCR checks and 5 million viral extraction kits.
“The outstanding story of how India grew to become totally self-reliant in its testing capabilities, regardless of ranging from scratch just some months in the past, is one concerning the steely resolve of a number of businesses, working collectively around the clock to save lots of lives,” the ICMR has stated.
Globally, the variety of COVID-19 circumstances has crossed 50 lakh, with 3.32 lakh deaths linked to the infectious virus. The US, Russia and Brazil are the three worst-affected international locations, with 15.eight lakh, 3.17 lakh and three.1 lakh circumstances, respectively.
India is 13th on the checklist of affected international locations.