Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday launched India’s first mobile I-Lab (Infectious disease diagnostic lab) for last-mile access to Covid-19 testing. It will be deployed in remote, interior and inaccessible parts of the country and have the capability to perform 25 Covid-19 RT-PCR tests per day, 300 ELISA tests per day and additional tests for TB and HIV.
The Union Health Ministry issued a press communiqué to this effect on June 18.
According to the ministry’s note, the Infectious Disease Diagnostic Lab (I-LAB) is supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, under the COVID-Command strategy.
The Health Ministry has also pointed out that in the last 24 hours, as many as 7,390 Covid-19 patients have been cured, which has cumulatively taken the number of recovered patients in India to 1,94,324.
This has pushed India’s recovery rate to 52.96 per cent. There are now 1,60,384 active cases in the country.
The ministry said that the number of government labs has also been increased to 699 whereas now 254 private labs are authorised for testing samples for Covid-19. Cumulatively, 953 testing labs are operational across India for this purpose.
These labs have collectively tested 1,65,412 samples in the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested thus far is 62,49,66, said the MoHFW’s note. The number includes 540 RT PCR-based testing labs, 340 TrueNat-based testing labs, (325 of the government and 15 private) and 73 CBNAAT-based testing labs (25 government-run and 48 private).