New Delhi: Speaking about how India went from one testing facility for COVID-19 to more than 87, including the private labs, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan has said India is going to increase the numbers of government labs to 300 and ramp up the present daily testing capacity of 55,000 to one lakh per day by May 31. Also Read - Nepal Airport Under Renovation Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
“India’s response has been proactive, pre-emptive and graded in handling the situation arising out of COVID-19 outbreak,” Harsh Vardhan said while participating in an online interactive session with Health Ministers of member countries of World Health Organization (WHO) on the measures being taken for containment of COVID-19. Also Read - Bangladesh Govt Decides Not to Extend COVID-19 Shutdown
Underlining that the current situation on COVID-19 in the world is alarming and requires special measures to mitigate the number of casualties, the minister said, “We are meeting in troubled times and we have to work together by sharing our best practices to eradicate coronavirus infection”. Also Read - COVID-19 Cases Cross 1.6 Lakh-mark; Death Toll Above 4,600; Shah Speaks to CMs Over Lockdown Extension | Key Points
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 686 and the number of cases climbed to 21,700 in the country on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry.