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India conducts record 848,728 Covid-19 tests in 24 hours

Aug 14, 2020 17:57 IST

The Ministry of Health on Friday said that India has conducted a record high of 848,728 Covid-19 tests in the past 24 hours taking the cumulative number of tests to over 27 million. The ministry said that the government is relentlessly trying to up its testing game. On Wednesday, an excess of over 800,000 samples for the coronavirus disease were tested, inching closer to the target of conducting a million tests a day. Nearly 27 million tests have been conducted across the country since January 22 when Covid-19 testing started with a single lab at the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute of Virology in Pune. At present, over 1,400 labs are equipped and functional to carry out Covid-19 testing across India. As many as 947 of those are in the public sector while 486 are private. 

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