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Coronavirus India Highlights: Centre, ICMR ask states to ramp up testing

Coronavirus India Highlights: Centre, ICMR ask states to ramp up testing

 As India’s coronavirus infection number crossed 11-lakh on Monday, with a record single-day high of 40,425 cases being reported in the last 24 hours, the centre and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) asked states to ramp up their testing capacity. In a letter to the states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava have asked the states to add more labs and enhance the existing testing capacity of the approved labs.

There are 3,90,459 active cases in the country, while 7,00,086 people have recovered and one person has migrated. The recovery rate stands at 62.62 per cent. This is the first time that India has reported more than 40,000 infections. Globally, the pandemic has infected nearly 14.5 million people, with 6-lakh casualties.

The West Bengal government on Monday announced a complete lockdown in the containment zones in the state, that had been announced by the government last week. This week, a complete lockdown in containment zones will be enforced on Thursday and Saturday. State Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay added that the state recorded community transmission in some areas. He stated that the “chain needs to be broken”, explaining the implementation of the lockdown in containment zones across the state.

Source: The IndianExpress

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