Odisha achieves milestone in number of COVID-19 tests

Tests per million population in Odisha stood at 1155 as against 983 in the entire country as on May 7. 

Bhubaneswar: In yet another milestone achievement in the fight again coronavirus, Odisha tested over 50,000 swab samples till yesterday, said National Health Mission (NHM) state Director Shalini Pandit here today.

Briefing mediapersons, she said while the the state currently has COVID-19 testing capacity of over 3,000 per day, the total number of tests touched 50,514 yesterday. The Government is planning to set up 11 more laboratories at various places across the state to ramp up the testing, she added.

The tests per million population in Odisha stood at 1155 as against 983 in the entire country as on May 7, the NHM Director informed.

Of the total tests so far conducted in the state, over 26,000 tests have been done at ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC).  Director of RMRC Dr Sanghamitra Pati  informed that 26,328 tests were conducted at RMRC till yesterday and 78 % of the state’s total positive cases detected at the centre.

“Testing is the major factor in the fight against COVID-19. We team Odisha are doing good in this direction. ICMR Director and the state Government have congratulated RMRC for the feat,” Pati added.

Meanwhile, Information and Public Relation (I & PR) Department Secretary Sanjay Singh informed that 4,225 people, who were stranded in other states due to the nationwide lockdown, returned to Odisha today. So far, 49765 persons have returned to the state via various means of transport.

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