Bengaluru, May 1: District hospitals at Gadag, Vijayapura and Tumakuru on Friday received approval from the Centre for CBNAAT Covid-19 laboratories. With these additions, Karnataka now has 26 labs and the capability to conduct 5000 tests per day. This increase is significant in Karnataka’s fight against coronavirus considering that state had just 2 labs in the beginning of February and capability of testing a few hundred. Of the 26 labs, 15 RTPCR labs, 03 CBNAAT and 08 Private labs are functioning in the state. Karnataka Medical Education Minister on Friday said that "the number of the labs will go up by another 30 reaching 60 by the end of the month".
This will further enhance and nearly double the testing capacities. From day one, Karnataka has deployed 4T Strategy -Testing, Tracking, Tracing and Treatment to effectively contain and fight Coronavirus. The increase in number of labs and testing capacity is the part of that strategy for conducting large numbers of tests to help early detection and take follow up precautions or treatment as necessary, he said. (UNI)