New Delhi, Oct. 22 -- India on Thursday achieved a milestone of conducting 10 crores covid-19 tests with average testing of more than 10 lakhs per day in last 17 days. So far, 74000 tests per million population have been conducted, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

The country has conducted last five crores sample testing in only 45 days. "We have effectively responded to the evolving epidemic through focused and collaborative efforts of the Centre, State/UTs government. Exponential increase in testing has led to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of Covid-19 cases along with effective contact tracing. These have eventually resulted in a sustained low fatality rate," said Balram Bhargava, Dir...