Uttarakhand faces uphill task of 50k tests/day

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand HC earlier this week had asked the state government to ensure at least 50,000 samples are tested per day in Haridwar district during the Maha Kumbh, but the infrastructural capacity of the state in terms of testing is far less.
There are currently 10 government labs in the state which can test a maximum of 9,700 samples per day. There are 12 private labs, which can conduct 1,000 to 1,500 tests daily. Even if we deploy our entire machinery only for Haridwar, we wont be able to conduct 50,000 RTPCR tests, said a health department official.
According to data accessed by TOI, the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) has a maximum capacity of testing 2,200 samples while the Government Medical College in Haldwani can test 1,500 RTPCR samples daily.
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