Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today launch coronavirus testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai, and Kolkata via video conferencing.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), these facilities will ramp up testing capacity in the country and help in strengthening early detection and treatment, thus assisting in controlling the spread of the pandemic.

Here is all you need to know about the high-throughput Covid-19 testing facilities:

1) These three high-throughput testing 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.

2) The Covid-19 testing facilities in these 3 cities will be able to test over 10,000 samples in a day.

3) These labs will also reduce turn-around-time and exposure of lab personnel to infectious clinical materials.

4) The labs are enabled to test diseases other than COVID as well, and post the pandemic, will be able to test for Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Cytomegalovirus, Chlamydia, Neisseria, Dengue, etc.

5) Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, along with Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh are expected to participate in the event.

India reported a spike of 48,661 coronavirus cases, taking the total COVID-19 cases to 13,85,522, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

In his address to the nation through Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated the importance of wearing masks and social distancing in the fight against coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi said people have to continue wearing masks, keep a distance of two yards, wash hands continuously, not spit anywhere and take full care of cleanliness and hygiene as these are the weapons that can protect us against the coronavirus disease.

He also urged those who feel discomfort in wearing a face mask to remember corona warriors.

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