With the installation of seven automatic RNA extraction machines, Punjab’s Covid-19 testing capacity will reach 9,000 per day by the next month At present, the government laboratories in the state can conduct up to 2,000 tests per day. One such laboratory, equipped with an advanced Covid test machine, was inaugurated by Minister for Medical Education and Research OP Soni at Guru Gobind Medical College, Faridkot, today.
The government has also decided to set up Covid test facilities at the National Research Disease Diagnostic Lab, Jalandhar; Guru Angad Veterinary University, Ludhiana; Punjab Incubator Biotechnology, Mohali; Forensic Science Laboratory, Mohali; and one each at government medical colleges in Amritsar and Patiala. The university has given them the design for the laboratories. The structures will be constructed by the PWD. Once all these labs became functional, it would take the total Covid test capacity to around 9,000 samples a day.
“These machines will help confirm Covid cases instantly,” said Dr Raj Bahadur, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. The government plans to take the Covid test capacity to 20,000 samples a day.Meanwhile, only one Covid case (from Ludhiana) was reported in the state today, while 28 Covid patients were discharged from various hospitals after the treatment. With this, the total number of Covid patients cured in the state has reached 1,847. The case count has reached 2,029 with 39 deaths reported so far