New Delhi: India has gradually ramped-up its testing capacity for Covid-19 and conducted over 4.20 lakh tests in a day, the highest ever, the Union Health Ministry said Saturday.
India had only one lab for testing samples for the disease in January but it has now increased the number to 1,301, including private labs.
Till Friday, a total of 1,58,49,068 tests for Covid-19 had been done in the country.
India did 3.50 lakh tests every day over the last one week, the ministry said.
With 4,20,898 samples tested in the past 24 hours, it added, the Tests Per Million (TPM) has increased to 11,485.
With increased testing of samples for Covid-19, the fatality rate has significantly dropped to 2.35 per cent on Saturday and the recovery rate has surged to 63.54 per cent.
"India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world," the health ministry said.
A total of 8,49,431 Covid-19 patients have recovered.