Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) on Wednesday released a complete list of 176 government and 78 private laboratories to test the potential for coronavirus (COVID-19) samples of affected patients. In particular, the virus has attacked more than 12,000 people in India and claimed at least 400 lives in the country, while it continues to spread like wild fire throughout the world.
The council’s official website gives an idea of government and private testing facilities for coronavirus available in the country. These testing facilities are scattered throughout the country.
The list of government laboratories, issued by ICMR, lists eight laboratories in Delhi – including All Indian Medical Sciences Institute (AIIMS), Lady Hardinge College, National Disease Control Center, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Institute of Liver & Billiards, Research & Reference Army Hospital, Maulana Azad Medical College, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, and Safdarjung Hospital.
The ICMR list includes 17 government laboratories in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, 15 in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Karnataka, 10 in Kerala, nine in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, eight in Rajasthan, seven in Andhra Pradesh, five in Assam and Bihar, among others.
Private laboratories covering nine in Delhi including Lal Path Labs, Rohini, Dr. Dangs Lab, Safdarjung Development Area, Apollo Indraprastha Hospital, Sarita Vihar, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Oncquest Laboratory, Prognosis Laboratory, City X-Ray & Scan Clinic, and Lifeline Laboratory.
Haryana has six such laboratories in Gurgaon including Strand Life Sciences, SRL Limited, Modern Diagnostic & Research Center, ACore Diagnostics, MolQ Laboratory, and Pathkind Diagnostics.
Maharashtra has 17 such laboratories, Telangana has 12 such laboratories, Tamil Nadu at 10, West Bengal at six, Uttar Pradesh has two, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh each only has one.
Complete list of registered government and private laboratories here, along with an interactive map to find the nearest facility.
The board has stated that hospitals that admit suspected COVID-19 cases must collect nasal and throat swab samples in one VTM tube and take them to the nearest testing laboratory in the cold chain.
It also said that the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune functions as a resource center for the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDL) network in India and that the institute is responsible for providing technical training to carry out molecular and serological testing. for virologic diagnosis. The institute will also carry out the important task of standardizing test procedures for the network as well as quality control and quality assurance activities.
Earlier yesterday, the ICMR said that a total of 2,74,599 samples had been tested for the corona virus (until 9 pm on Wednesday, that is), adding that the sample was taken from 2.58,730 people.
According to the ICMR, the sample size is higher because many patients are suspected of being tested more than once. “At least 11,297 people have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases in India,” he said in a statement.
As the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19) worsened in India, the central government on Wednesday designated 170 districts as hotspots in the ‘Red Zone’ with the aim of adopting more stringent locking measures in the region to examine pandemic outbreaks in its path. The Red Zone hotspot is basically a region that has reported a large number of positive cases, accounting for more than 80% of cases in India with a doubling rate of less than four days.
Meanwhile, 207 non-hotspot districts consisting of clusters and uninfected districts have also been classified as ‘Green Zones’.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also stated that there has been no transmission of the Indian community so far, adding that the corona virus transmission chain could be solved successfully if no cases were reported for 28 days from certain areas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning announced the extension of the closure across the country until May 3.