India crosses landmark of 2 crore Covid-19 tests
The number of tests per million population in the country has gone up to 14,640
India has conducted more than two crore Covid-19 tests so far, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said today, describing it as a “landmark achievement” for the country. The number of Tests Per Million (TPM) has also significantly increased.
“India has tested 2,02,02,858 COVID-19 samples so far. With 3,81,027 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of Test Per Million (TPM) has increased to 14,640,” said the ministry in an official statement.
According to the ministry, 24 States and Union Territories (UTs) have reported higher testing per million than the national average.
The State/UT Governments under the guidance of the center have followed the key strategy of “Test aggressively, Track efficiently and Isolate and Treat promptly” to contain the coronavirus, the statement said.
India owns 1348 testing labs out of which 914 are in the government sector and 434 are in the private sector, strengthening the testing lab in the country, the statement revealed.
Following the key strategies, India has reached Phase 3 of the Unlock and the Government of India has today released fresh guidelines on preventive measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in yoga institutes and gymnasiums, which will re-open from August 5, 2020.
The guidelines include the compulsory use of face-mask, maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet, practicing frequent washing of hands, and so on. However, the gyms and yoga institutes in the containment zones will remain shut until further notice said the guidelines.
Besides, the government has released fresh guidelines for International arrival in India and they will be applicable from August 8, 2020, as per an official statement released yesterday. The updated guidelines will be applicable for passengers from the cross border as well, said the release.
The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country now stands at 5,79,357 as of today morning, according to the official data. There has been an increase of 11, 627 in the number of active cases since yesterday.
The number of deaths in the country stands at 38,135 as per the data. Maharashtra tops the number of deaths with 15,576 deaths reported till today morning, followed by 4132 deaths in Tamil Nadu and 4004 deaths in Delhi.