Enough COVID-19 Testing Kits In India For Next Six Weeks – ICMR
On Monday, the Indian Council of Medical Research said the country has enough stock of COVID-19 test kits available for the next six weeks and there is no need to worry about the testing capacity of the country.
206,212 tests have been done in the country so far, said Dr.Raman Gangakhedkar, Chief Scientist at ICMR. The first consignment of COVID-19 testing kits has arrived from China to India.
“There is no need to worry about the pace with which we are conducting tests. We have a stock with which we can conduct tests for the next 6 weeks easily,” said Dr.Raman Gangakhedkar.
It is difficult to find how health workers got COVID-19 infection as there is no solid data to prove it, he added. Most of them are getting COVID-19 infection through travel or contact history. Only very few healthcare providers have got the infection while providing service to COVID-19 patients. At least 39 Indian manufacturers are producing PPE material. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health, urged all healthcare workers to follow the protocols of using PPEs.
According to the ministry of health, at least 13,387 people have beentested positive in India of which 11,201 are active cases. The death toll has topped 437. The most number of cases are reported from Maharashtra with 3,236 cases and Delhi holds the second position with 1,640 cases. On the good side, of the 736 districts in India, there have been no COVID-19 infections in the 325 states.
A national lockdown was implemented in India by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 25, for a period of 21 days till April 14. However, it was extended till May 3 later as the number of COVID-19 cases continued to surge in the country. India’s proactive decision of imposing a national lockdown to fight the deadly coronavirus was supported by the International Monetary Fund.