COVID-19 testing in India to be ramped up to 1 mln per day: PM

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NEW DELHI, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Over 500,000 COVID-19 tests are conducted every day in India, and the number would soon be ramped up to 1 million per day, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday while launching the COVID-19 testing facilities at three labs.

The three testing labs have been set up in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in three states, namely West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

The prime minister said with the three new testing labs, the COVID-19 testing capacity would be increased by at least 10,000 per day in Delhi-NCR (national capital region), Mumbai and Kolkata.

The testing centers will not be limited for COVID-19 tests only, but would also cater to tests for other diseases like Hepatitis B&C, HIV, Dengue etc, said Modi.

According to federal health ministry's data released Monday morning, 917,568 people have so far been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement, and the number of active cases in the country stand at 485,114.

A total of 32,771 people died and total cases reached 1,435,453.

Modi said there were more than 11,000 COVID-19 facilities and over 1.1 million beds available for patients. Enditem

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