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India ramps up COVID-19 testing capacity to 300,000 tests per day

By Xinhua

NEW DELHI, June 16 (Xinhua) — The federal government Tuesday said testing capacity for detecting COVID-19 in infected people in the country was continuously being ramped up.

The government said so far 5.9 million tests have been conducted and during the past 24 hours 154,935 samples were tested.

“The country now has the capacity to test 300,000 samples per day. The total number of samples tested thus far is 5,921,069 with 154,935 samples tested in the last 24 hours,” the health ministry said.

As of now a network of 907 labs has been created in the country. Of these, 659 labs are in the government sector and 248 in the private sector.

Meanwhile, India’s recovery rate has risen to 52.47 percent, which is indicative of the fact that more than half of positive cases have recovered from the disease, the government said.

“A total of 180,012 patients, so far, have been cured of COVID-19 and during the last 24 hours, 10,215 COVID-19 patients were cured,” the government said. “Currently, 153,178 active cases are under medical supervision.”

The data released by government in the morning said total COVID-19 cases in the country have reached 343,091 including 9,900 deaths.


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