Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ‘high-throughput’ COVID-19 testing facilities at ICMR institutes across Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata. By Tanvi Jain

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27, launched three ‘high throughput’ COVID-19 testing facilities, located at ICMR institutes across three cities, namely, the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health in Mumbai, the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research in Noida, and the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata. 

At 4:30 pm on Monday, 27th July, high-throughput COVID-19 testing facilities will be launched. These high-throughput testing facilities being set up in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata will help in further ramping up our testing capacity,” he had tweeted prior to the launch. 

Further speaking at the launch via a video conference, he said that India now has 1,300 labs, compared to just one in January, and that over five lakh tests are being conducted in the country every day 


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He further assured that the newly launched hi-tech facility not only aims at taking the COVID-19 testing number to 10 lakh per daybut also eyes at conducting tests for other diseases such as HIV, Dengue, Hepatitis B and C, etc. in future. Moreover, it will also save exposure time of lab personnel from infectious clinical material. 

Confirming that the recovery rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths is much better in India as compared to other countries, he said that in order to fast track the development of Corona specific health infrastructure, the centre had initially announced a package of INR 15,000 crore, and India now has 11,000 COVID-19 facilities and over 11 lakh isolation beds.   


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He further added that while India has managed to have 1,200 manufacturers producing five lakh PPE kits every day, within just six months, the production of N95 masks has gone up to three lakh daily, and that of ventilators to three lakh annually. 

Lauding the contribution of healthcare and NGO workers, he said, that paramedicsAsha and Anganwadi workers have significantly contributed in the fight against the pandemic. Lastly, he urged the people to remain cautious during the upcoming festive season, and follow all the guidelines to avoid the spread of the virus

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