WHO: 140 COVID-19 tests per day per million required

On July 15, 2020, the World Health Organization released its Guidance Note on Public Health Criteria to adjust Public Health and Social Measures. Under the guidance note, the organization advised comprehensive surveillance for suspected cases.


By comprehensive surveillance, WHO advises that a country has to conduct 140 COVID-19 tests per day per million population.


According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India is already conducting 140 and more tests per day per million. The Ministry says that currently in India, the network of growing labs is aiding the steady growth of labs to test COVID-19. There are 865 labs in government sector and 358 private labs. Apart from these labs, RT-PCR, TrueNat and CBNAAT are augmenting the testing capacity of the country.

On July 14, 2020, 3.2 lakhs tests were done. So far the total COVID-19 cases in the country has surged to 9,06,752 and the number of deaths have increased to 23,727. Around 553 people have died in 24 hours.


CBNAAT is Catridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test. It is a molecular test for Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. In India. CBNAAT is used to detect COVID-19 virus along with TrueNat and RT-PCR tests