NEW DELHI: India has stepped up testing capacity significantly for Covid-19 to three lakh samples per day with a network of 907 laboratories — 659 in the government sector and rest private labs — spread across the country.
At present, India is testing around 1.5 lakh samples every day. In the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning, a total of 1,54,935 samples were tested. So far, the daily testing capacity was 2 lakh samples a day.
To enhance testing capacity in Delhi, each of the 11 districts shall now have assigned labs for testing samples from the respective districts. The samples will be sent to these labs to ensure timely testing and getting the results without any delay, the health ministry said.
Official sources said the move comes after the intervention of home minister
who has held meetings with ministers, officials and authorities from both the Centre and Delhi government to assess and improve the situation in Delhi in the wake of rising cases.
Indian Council of Medical Research
(ICMR) director General Balram Bhargava has also written to the health ministry highlighting the need to ramp up testing for Covid-19 in containment zones and hospitals in Delhi. Higher testing will be needed to check not just hotspots but can become a more regular exercise to check the spread of the disease.
“As discussed in the two high level meetings, it is critical to immediately augment Covid-19 testing capacity in containment zones of Delhi to prevent the spread of infection,” Bhargava wrote in a letter to health secretary Preeti
. TOI has reviewed the letter.
Currently there are 42 labs in Delhi with per day testing capacity of about 17,000 samples.