Six months into a pandemic and well into its sixth iteration, India’s Covid-19 testing strategy is still a work in progress.

As of 5 September, India had conducted over 49 million tests for the virus. What this massive figure obscures, however, is which tests have allowed the country to ramp up its testing numbers. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR)—the government body spearheading the Covid-19 response—released an app to every testing centre and lab to register every test conducted. But the breakup of what sort of testing has been done is not in the public domain.

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Maitri Porecha

Maitri writes about everything health for The Ken. For close to 10 years now, she has navigated hospital corridors in her search for a good story. In a past life, when she was not a journalist, she used to teach French at her neighbourhood school. Also an avid fan of forensics, she is always up for decoding mysteries in her free time.

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