COVID-19 Testing Centres With 10K Samples A Day Capacity To Be Launched On Monday

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday that he will be inaugurating three high-throughput COVID-19 testing centres at Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata on Monday via video-conferencing.

These testing centres will have the capacity to test over 10,000 samples a day and reduce turnaround times and exposure of lab personnel to infection.

The labs will employ high-throughput screening (HTS) methods that will use robotics, data processing/control software, liquid handling devices, and sensitive detectors, to quickly conduct millions of chemical, genetic, or pharmacological tests.

The facilities have been set up strategically at ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research Noida, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health Mumbai and ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases Kolkata.

These labs will be used to test other diseases like Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Cytomegalovirus, Chlamydia, Neisseria, and Dengue.

More than 48,000 positive cases were detected in India in the last 24 hours.

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