India's Covid-19 testing hits record high of 4.20 lakh samples a day
Saturday, 25 July 2020 India has gradually ramped-up its testing capacity for Covid-19 and conducted over 4.20 lakh tests in a day, the highest ever, the Union Health Ministry said Saturday, crediting the increase in number of labs for the achievement. India had only one lab for testing samples for the disease in January but it has now increased the number to 1,301, including private labs.
Briefing about the COVID-19 testing situation in UP, Principal Secretary (Health), Amit Mohan Prasad informed that 1,06,962 samples were tested in the state on July 26. "Yesterday, 1,06,962 samples were tested in the state. So far, these many tests in a single day have not been conducted in any other...
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