COVID-19 India updates: Highest COVID-19 testing in Past 24 Hours, positivity rate rises by 1.31%

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India’s COVID-19 tally has crossed the mark of 27 Lakh as the country reports 55,079 new cases and 876 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The Health Ministry of India has delivered the news that over 9 lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, setting a milestone of the highest number of cases conducted ever.  

India on Monday crossed the 30-million mark for COVID-19 tests, with the tests per million witnessing a rise to a 21,769 point. With 9 lakh tests being conducted in the past 24 hours, India will soon meet its target of 1 million daily tests.

Atul Garg, Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, announced on Tuesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 & has requested all those who came in contact with him recently to get tested for the diseaseThrough his twitter, he wrote “On August 15, RT PCR test was done and I had tested negative. Yesterday, in the rapid test conducted at around 9 pm, I tested positive. People who came in contact with me from August 16 to August 18 should get themselves tested,”. Two UP ministers, Kamal Rani Varun, and Chetan Chauhan succumbed to the pandemic only a few days ago.

The total number of people found positive for coronavirus among those tested rose by more than one percent in the past month. While cumulative tests rose from 12 million on 14 July to 30 million on 16 August, the so-called positivity rate rose from 7.5% to 8.81% in the same period, the government said.

“Although the higher number of tests will push the positivity rate initially, as the Delhi experience has amply shown, it will eventually come down when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, tracking, and timely clinical management,” the health ministry spoke on this subject. The country now has 1,470 testing centers, including 969 labs under the government sector and 501 labs under the private sector.