India has crossed the 10 crore Corona tests mark on Friday after testing a record 14,42,722 samples in the last 24 hours. ICMR informed that the figure was cognizable after over 10 lakh samples were tested on average per day for the past 17 days.
India has tested 10 crore (10,01,13,085) COVID-19 samples since Jan 2020. ICMR claims that the five crores samples were tested in the last 45 days.
India’s daily testing capacity got an sufficient boost from 1989 testing labs in the country including 1122 Govt laboratories and 867 Private laboratories.
On September 8, 2020, India had tested five crore Corona samples and it reached 10 crore mark on October 22. This has been enabled by rapidly increasing testing infrastructure and capacity across the India. ICMR has been enhancing corona testing capability by leveraging technology and facilitating innovation in reasonable diagnostic kits, the release said.
Director General ICMR Dr Balram Bhargava said the council has effectively responded to the evolving epidemic through focused and collaborative efforts of the Centre and state and union territory governments.