India conducted a record 8.3 lakh COVID-19 tests on Thursday, taking the total number of samples tested in the country to 2,68,45,688 crore, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
The Health Ministry also added that the tests per million people has sharply increased to 19,453, and a total of 8,30,391 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in the country.
“In pursuance of the ‘test, track and treat’ strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day,” the ministry said.
Talking about the journey of coronavirus testing in India, the ministry said, “From merely one lab in January 2020, the country is today enriched by 1433 labs with 947 in the government sector and 486 private labs. This is a testimony to the coordinated efforts of the Centre and the State/UT Governments.”
Meanwhile, the USA, which has a population of over 33 crores, is conducting about 2 lakh tests per million, while India, with a population of more than 137 crores, is conducting nearly 20,000 tests per million.
Despite the low figure of tests per million, India is reporting over 50,000 fresh coronavirus cases on a daily basis. Statistics indicate that with a rise in testing, the number of fresh cases being reported also see a spike. This highlights the fact that the actual number of fresh COVID-19 cases in the country can be much higher that the present daily figure.
However, India is inching closer to its target of conducting a million tests per day. As of now, the number of coronavirus cases in the country has crossed the 24 lakh-mark, while the fatality count has surged past 48,000.