PM Modi launches Covid-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata: Highlights | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched “high throughput” Covid-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata, which will ramp up testing capacity and help strengthen early detection and treatment in the country.
While launching the testing facilities through a video link, PM Modi said crores of citizens of the country are fighting the global epidemic very bravely.
Here is what PM Modi said:
* The way right decisions were taken at the right time in the country, today it is a result of those decisions that India is in a much better position than other countries. Today, the death rate due to the coronavirus in our country is much less than the big countries.
* The most important decision for a long fight against corona was that corona specific health infrastructure should be rapidly built in the country. For this reason, the Central government announced a package of Rs 15,000 crore at the very beginning.
* Be it an isolation centre, a Covid special hospital, network of testing, tracing and tracking, India expanded its capabilities at a very fast pace. Today, India has more than 11,000 Covid facilities, more than 11 lakh isolations beds.
* In January, we had only one centre for the coronavirus tests, today around 1,300 labs are working in the whole country. More than 5 lakh tests are being conducted in India every day. In the coming weeks, it is being tried to do 10 lakh tests per day.
* Our scientists are working fast for producing a vaccine. But till there is no effective medicine or vaccine against the virus, masks, distance of 2 metres, hand sanitization are our only options.
* In Covid-19 fight, we have come to a point where we do not lack awareness.
* These labs will not remain restricted to testing of Covid-19 but will be expanded for testing of many other diseases including Hepatitis B & C, HIV, and dengue in future.
* Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Kolkata are major centers of economic activity. Millions of youth of the country come to fulfill their careers, their dreams in these cities. Now the available testing capacity in these three places is going to add to the already available capacity.
* With the launch of hi-tech state-of-the-art testing facility, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are going to get more strength in the fight against the coronavirus.

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