New Delhi: Focusing on the "test, track and treat" strategy, India has tested more than 8 lakh samples for COVID-19 for the second consecutive day in a row, taking the cumulative tests to 3,17,42,782 so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

With a strong resolve to rapidly increase the number of tests done per day to touch 10 lakh per day testing capacity, 8,01,518 samples were tested in a span of 24 hours on Tuesday.

The total recoveries from COVID-19 have surged to 20,37,870 in the country, pushing the recovery rate to 73.64 per cent, according to the Health Ministry data updated at 8 am.

"The cumulative testing as on date has reached 3,17,42,782. The Tests Per Million have seen a sharp rise to 23,002," the ministry said.

"It is only by aggressive testing that positive cases can be identified, their contacts tracked and isolated as well as prompt treatment can be ensured through timely medical care.

"The sustained level of high testing has played a key role in India's increasing rate of recovery, widening gap between the recovered and active cases, and also progressively declining fatality rate," the ministry said.

India followed the track of a graded and evolving strategy, steadily strengthening its nationwide network of labs in the public and private sectors. Starting from one lab in January 2020, presently there are 1,486 labs in the country, with 975 labs in the government sector and 511 in the private sector.

With 64,531 people testing positive in a day, India's COVID-19 tally increased to 27,67,273, while the death-toll climbed to 52,889 with 1,092 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.


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Bengaluru: In an incident that occurred on Tuesday, another 3-storeyed building partially collapsed around 9.30 am at the KMF Quarters near the Dairy Circle in the city. Four individuals have sustained minor injuries in the aftermath of the incident, it is learned. 

Reportedly, the 30-year-old building which stood near the Dairy Circle collapsed suddenly on Tuesday morning. The building was home to 18 families of the KMF employees, who reportedly fled from their homes and escaped danger. 

The Fire Brigade and rescue service arrived at the collapse site. Rescue operations are currently underway, it is learned. 

Tuesday’s building collapse is said to have occurred half a kilometre away from the Lakkasandra building collapse site, which had occurred earlier on Monday.

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