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India has a network of 3117 molecular testing laboratories, which includes 2014 RT PCR, 941 TrueNat, 132 CBNAAT and 30 other testing platforms. The estimated national daily molecular testing capacity is more than 20 lakh per day, informed the Union Health Ministry.
The need to increase the use of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) over RT PCR- based tests to increase the pace of detection and isolation of positive cases was highlighted by the experts. Further annotated that the use of RATs can be increased through setting up RAT booths, allowing its use in public and private health care facilities, implementing Public-Private partnership model to increase its access and encourage self-testing at home for symptomatic individuals.
States were advised to further mark symptomatic individuals as suspected cases, isolate them and