India achieves milestone of conducting 40 crore COVID-19 tests: ICMR
India has achieved the milestone of conducting 40 crore COVID-19 tests, with the average of more than 18 lakh tests per day in the month of June, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
India has tested 40,18,11,892 samples across the nation till Friday, it said.
India tested 35 crore COVID-19 samples till June 1, 2021.
"This has been enabled by rapidly increasing testing infrastructure and capacity across the nation. ICMR has been enhancing COVID-19 testing capability across the whole country by expanding and diversifying testing capacity by leveraging technology and facilitating innovation in affordable diagnostic kits for everyone," the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said in a statement.
Prof Balram Bhargava, Director General of ICMR said exponential increase in testing has led to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases in the country.
"This testing milestone is Proof of the fact that India has been successful in implementing the strategy of 5T approach 'Test, Track, Trace, Treat and use of Technology' efficiently, which will enable us to contain the spread of the noval covid-19 pandemic," the statement quoted Bhargava as saying.