India carried out 2.39 crore COVID-19 checks in August, of which 1.24 crore had been performed utilizing speedy antigen kits, the federal government stated on Sunday.
Until September 18, a complete of 6,17,33,533 checks had been carried out throughout the nation, Minister of State for Well being Ashwini Choubey stated within the Rajya Sabha.
He stated 2,39,66,859 checks had been carried out in August, 1,05, 32,288 in July, 49,93,422 in June, 29,37,284 in Might, eight,64,517 in April and 33,330 in March.
“In March, solely RT-PCR testing centres had been accessible. Later, cartridge-based checks had been accepted by ICMR like Truenat, CBNAAT, Abbott and Roche. Within the month of June, speedy antigen kits had been accepted by ICMR for testing,” the minister stated in a written reply.
“The variety of COVID-19 checks carried out in August utilizing speedy antigen kits is 1,24,17,396,” Mr Choubey stated.
The Ministry of Well being has adopted a graded method and is advising states to broaden COVID-19 devoted hospital infrastructure. The states are additionally suggested to plan for the requisite variety of isolation, oxygen supported and ICU beds based mostly on the prevalent and anticipated case progress price, he stated.
As on September 18, 15,446 COVID therapy amenities with 13,32,225 devoted isolation beds with out oxygen assist have been created.
Apart from, 2,32,665 oxygen supported isolation beds and 64,285 ICU beds, together with 32,609 ventilator beds, had been created, Choubey replied to a different query.
Pointers on scientific administration of COVID-19 have been issued and are being up to date often. States are being supported when it comes to provide of logistics, the minister stated.
To date, 1.41 crore of PPE Kits, three.44 crore N-95 masks, 10.84 crore tablets of hydroxychloroquine, 30,796 ventilators and 1,02,400 oxygen cylinders have been equipped to states, union territories and central authorities hospitals.